Friday, August 1, 2014

Alleged iPad Air 2 Images Tip Inclusion of Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor

After purportedly being spotted in a number of images last month and this month, Apple's yet-to-be-announced iPad Air 2 tablet has once again allegedly appeared in a couple of images that point to the presence of a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The two alleged iPad Air 2 images published by Mobile Fun UK website show the anticipated tablet flaunting a ring-surrounded Touch ID fingerprint sensor, as seen on the iPhone 5s. The leaked images also show cases on the alleged iPad Air 2 tablet that cover most of its body.

The inclusion of the Touch ID sensor goes in-line with what KGI Securities Analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicted back in May. He mentioned that the Cupertino firm will also be looking to use new chemicals to increase the durability of its Touch ID sensor.

Kuo added that while TSMC will be producing the new Touch ID sensors, the redistribution aspect will be taken care by XinTec and WLCSP, and the packaging efforts by ASE. Kuo also added that ASE and Sharp will handle the module, all the welding process will be done by Japan Unix.

The rumoured Apple iPad Air 2 tablet, as seen in the images leaked earlier this month, is said to be almost 1mm thinner than the existing iPad Air model. The rear camera is also seen to be shifted slightly towards the top left corner. There is still no word on the tablet's specifications.

Along with the anticipated iPad Air 2, the rumoured iPhone 6 and iPad mini 3 are also expected to arrive with the fingerprint sensor, according to the images leaked in June.

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