Code discovered in iOS 7.1 offers further evidence Touch ID is coming to Apple's next iPads

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in iPad edited April 2014
This year's anticipated iPad refresh is rumored to expand implementation of Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor beyond the iPhone, bringing it to the next iPad Air and iPad mini. Now, newly discovered code in the iOS mobile operating system offers further evidence in support of those claims.

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Poking around in code for the Touch ID framework in iOS 7.1, Twitter user and developer "UNiCORN" found a reference to Apple's iPad lineup, potentially suggesting that the next-generation iPad mini and iPad Air may sport the company's fingerprint scanning technology. Currently, Touch ID is only found in the iPhone 5s.

The code for Apple's "BiometricKit" refers to the "UIDeviceFamily" with two identifiers: The number "1" for the iPhone lineup, and the number "2" for iPad. The integers refer to the entire product lineups, so the code doesn't make any distinction between, for example, a future iPad Air or iPad mini.




Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities indicated earlier this month that Apple's 2014 iPad Air and iPad mini updates will both boast the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. He also sees both tablets being powered by next-generation custom "A8" processors built by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

Kuo expects that the new tablets will debut either late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of calendar 2014. He also expects a so-called "iPad Air 2" to feature an 8-megapixel rear facing camera.

Functionality of Touch ID also remains limited in its current state, only allowing users to securely unlock their iPhone or authorize iTunes purchases. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has hinted that his company has big plans for Touch ID in the future, including the prospect of mobile payments on the iPhone.

Patent filings made by Apple also suggest that the fingerprint sensor could in the future enable multi-user support, by uniquely identifying a person -- a feature that could make it easier to share one iPad with a whole family. Touch ID is also capable of allowing for trackpad-like controls of a mouse cursor.
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  • Reply 1 of 42
    irelandireland Posts: 17,668member
    Common sense and intuition is all the code we needed to know this.
  • Reply 2 of 42
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,141member
    Should've been in the last batch, hardly a surprise that it's coming in the new ones.
  • Reply 3 of 42
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member
    No wonder iPad sales aren't growing like iPhones and Macs- once you have one why bother upgrading every year?
  • Reply 4 of 42
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    saarek wrote: »
    Should've been in the last batch, hardly a surprise that it's coming in the new ones.
    should've been in the last batch based on what? Do you work in Apple operations or something?
  • Reply 5 of 42
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member

    Let me tell you how surprised I am....

    ....

  • Reply 6 of 42
    sangssangs Posts: 3member
    Somebody still needs to explain to me why Touch ID is a big deal. I have it on the iPhone 5S, don't have it on the iPad Air and certainly would not base any future purchase on whether or not a device had Touch ID. Is typing a passcode or password really so time-consuming?
  • Reply 7 of 42
    j1h15233j1h15233 Posts: 274member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sangs View Post



    Somebody still needs to explain to me why Touch ID is a big deal. I have it on the iPhone 5S, don't have it on the iPad Air and certainly would not base any future purchase on whether or not a device had Touch ID. Is typing a passcode or password really so time-consuming?

    Yep, and annoying

  • Reply 8 of 42
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
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    Originally Posted by saarek View Post



    Should've been in the last batch, hardly a surprise that it's coming in the new ones.

    No it shouldn't have.

     

    The iPhone is a much bigger money maker, and thus deserves temporary exclusive features to drive sales. The "only way to get Siri" was iPhone for a while, just like the "only way to get TouchID" was iPhone.

     

    Once it has matured, it will comes to iPad. The iPad, as good as it is, is a second class citizen to iPhone. This should be understood and appreciated.

     

    (and none of what I just said even begins to take into account that Siri and TouchID are both far more useful on iPhone)

  • Reply 9 of 42
    gwmacgwmac Posts: 1,797member
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    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post



    Common sense and intuition is all the code we needed to know this.

    That is what I thought. As soon as Touch ID was even rumored on the iPhone 5s anyone with sense knew it was coming to iPads as soon as Apple could make it happen. No code needed just good old common sense. 

  • Reply 10 of 42
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sangs View Post



    Somebody still needs to explain to me why Touch ID is a big deal. I have it on the iPhone 5S, don't have it on the iPad Air and certainly would not base any future purchase on whether or not a device had Touch ID. Is typing a passcode or password really so time-consuming?

    Doesn't sound like any amount of explaining can break through this wall of pointless resistance.

     

    It doesn't take much for most people to understand how great it is to still password protect your phone, but not have to enter it 100 x a day. Its simple and elegant...pick up the phone, wake it up with your thumb on the home button, and thats long enough for it to register your print and bring you in.

     

    Plus, it is pretty frigging cool.

  • Reply 11 of 42
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gwmac View Post

     

    That is what I thought. As soon as Touch ID was even rumored on the iPhone 5s anyone with sense knew it was coming to iPads as soon as Apple wanted to make it happen. No code needed just good old common sense. 


    Fixed that for you.

  • Reply 12 of 42
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member

    While less of a security risk than my iPhone which goes everywhere with me, my mostly stay-at-home iPad is used for more sensitive things like financials so a bit more convenient security, as I've found Touch ID to be with my 5s, would be attractive.

  • Reply 13 of 42
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    pmz wrote: »
    No it shouldn't have.

    The iPhone is a much bigger money maker, and thus deserves temporary exclusive features to drive sales. The "only way to get Siri" was iPhone for a while, just like the "only way to get TouchID" was iPhone.

    Once it has matured, it will comes to iPad. The iPad, as good as it is, is a second class citizen to iPhone. This should be understood and appreciated.

    (and none of what I just said even begins to take into account that Siri and TouchID are both far more useful on iPhone)
    Yeah because I'm sure Apple has tens of millions of touch id sensors sitting around but decided to not use them on the iPad because it's a second class citizen. How does Touch ID being on the iPad take away from iPhone sales? To me they're completely separate products. I still think the 5S was Apple's testing ground for Touch ID and when it makes it's way to iPad it will be for more than just unlocking the device or making iTunes purchases.
  • Reply 14 of 42
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,395member
    Despite this being floated by Kuo, if true I'll buy a new iPad to replace my 3rd gen.
  • Reply 15 of 42
    dachardachar Posts: 330member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sangs View Post



    Somebody still needs to explain to me why Touch ID is a big deal. I have it on the iPhone 5S, don't have it on the iPad Air and certainly would not base any future purchase on whether or not a device had Touch ID. Is typing a passcode or password really so time-consuming?

     

    Perhaps I can suggest one reason. We try to limit our Son's use of our iPad by not giving him the pass code but even through we try to stop showing him the code he still works it out by watching us as we log on. I know we could always log on out out of eyesight but having a finger sensor would better. I can't understand why Touch ID was not included with the iPad Air. As soon as it does, then I am upgrading by replaving my existing 16 Gb iPad to one with more memory.  

  • Reply 16 of 42
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,179member
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    Originally Posted by saarek View Post



    Should've been in the last batch, hardly a surprise that it's coming in the new ones.

     

    No, it shouldn't have been - for a large multitude of reasons, if you actually took more than half a second to consider it. Among other things, it would be very irresponsible to add such a major new feature, which needs shitloads of testing, with security and reliability implications, to multiple product lines at once. If there IS a major issue, they just fucked over both the iPhone and the iPad.

     

    A second reason is complexity of manufacture and availability of components- you have no idea if they would have been able to manufacture and integrate that many Touch ID components, to satisfy iPhone and iPad lines.

     

    Thirdly- marketing. Having the feature on both the iPhone/iPad dilutes focus and marketing of the feature itself. iPhone is obviously the priority for such a feature, in terms of usefulness. Touch ID has now been tested with tens of millions of people, in millions of use case scenarios, and Apple can now take this data and make sure the implementation is the best it can possibly be on the iPad. The feature has gotten significantly more reliable simply through software updates.

     

    Only someone who's single thought is I WANT IT NOW DAMN ALL CONSEQUENCES would hold the view you do. A rational human being would see that your "should have" demand is childish, short-sighted, and just plain wrong. 

  • Reply 17 of 42
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    slurpy wrote: »
    No, it shouldn't have been - for a large multitude of reasons, if you actually took more than half a second to consider it. Among other things, it would be very irresponsible to add such a major new feature, which needs shitloads of testing, with security and reliability implications, to multiple product lines at once. If there IS a major issue, they just fucked over both the iPhone and the iPad.

    A second reason is complexity of manufacture and availability of components- you have no idea if they would have been able to manufacture and integrate that many Touch ID components, to satisfy iPhone and iPad lines.

    Thirdly- marketing. Having the feature on both the iPhone/iPad dilutes focus and marketing of the feature itself. iPhone is obviously the priority for such a feature, in terms of usefulness. Touch ID has now been tested with tens of millions of people, in millions of use case scenarios, and Apple can now take this data and make sure the implementation is the best it can possibly be on the iPad. The feature has gotten significantly more reliable simply through software updates.

    Only someone who's single thought is I WANT IT NOW DAMN ALL CONSEQUENCES would hold the view you do. A rational human being would see that your "should have" demand is childish, short-sighted, and just plain wrong. 
    Bingo.
  • Reply 18 of 42
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sangs View Post



    Somebody still needs to explain to me why Touch ID is a big deal. I have it on the iPhone 5S, don't have it on the iPad Air and certainly would not base any future purchase on whether or not a device had Touch ID. Is typing a passcode or password really so time-consuming?

     

    Is that rhetorical?  Are you seriously arguing that Touch ID makes it too convenient??  Entering even a 4 digit passcode every time to use a phone is the reason tons of people don't use even that minimal level of security.  Touch ID makes securing your device very convenient.

     

    Also, entering your passcode/password onscreen is a security issue that Touch ID solves.  Someone just has to watch you unlock the phone once and they can now access it.

     

    And if that doesn't convince you then just go stand in the corner with all the people writing down their passwords on sticky notes stuck to a monitor.

  • Reply 19 of 42
    evilutionevilution Posts: 1,373member

    Let's not confuse "it being possible for Apple to add Touch ID to the previous iPad" and "Apple purposely leaving it out to give them an easy upgrade for the next gen iPad".

    They do it all the time, it's good for the bank balance.

  • Reply 20 of 42
    sangssangs Posts: 3member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dachar View Post

     

     

    Perhaps I can suggest one reason. We try to limit our Son's use of our iPad by not giving him the pass code but even through we try to stop showing him the code he still works it out by watching us as we log on. I know we could always log on out out of eyesight but having a finger sensor would better. I can't understand why Touch ID was not included with the iPad Air. As soon as it does, then I am upgrading by replaving my existing 16 Gb iPad to one with more memory.  


    You know what? That is by far one of the best reasons I've seen. Unlike people simply whining about having to type a password because their attention spans are so short. Thanks. 

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