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  • Code Discovered in iOS 7.1 Offers Further Evidence of Impending Touch ID in Next iPad


    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. Newly discovered code in the iOS mobile operating system offers further evidence in support of those claims.

    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 support the company’s fingerprint scanning technology. For those of you who didn’t already know, Touch ID is currently 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 a future iPad Air or iPad mini.

    Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities indicated earlier this month the 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.

    The functionality of Touch ID also remains limited in its current state, only allowing users to securely unlock their iPhone or authorize iTunes purchases. Apple CEO Tim Cook 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 a 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.

    Source: UNiCORN (Twitter)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Code Discovered in iOS 7.1 Offers Further Evidence of Impending Touch ID in Next iPad started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      The last sentence doesn't make any sense to me... How would that work exactly? Is it going to be like the BlackBerry's little pearl?
    1. Jokadaking's Avatar
      Jokadaking -
      Quote Originally Posted by HovikGas View Post
      The last sentence doesn't make any sense to me... How would that work exactly? Is it going to be like the BlackBerry's little pearl?
      It seems that way but it should work better being a finger print sensor
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      It means that each users´ fingerprints will be stored so different people can use the iPad with their personalized settings. Kinda like how you setup multiple accounts on a computer.
    1. Jokadaking's Avatar
      Jokadaking -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Amazing Atheist View Post
      It means that each users´ fingerprints will be stored so different people can use the iPad with their personalized settings. Kinda like how you setup multiple accounts on a computer.
      It says trackpad controls like a mouse. I have a apple mouse and it is amazing to the touch with multi-touch gestures.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      There are some great jailbreak tweaks using Touch ID... Hopefully Apple takes some of those tweaks and implements them... Having just lost my jailbreak last week, Touch ID is kinda lame now... Virtual Home, BioProtect and iTouchSecure are sorely missed...
    1. webmania's Avatar
      webmania -
      TouchID doesn't work on my device -.- must be a tweak stopping it
    1. BhadKarma's Avatar
      BhadKarma -
      Quote Originally Posted by webmania View Post
      TouchID doesn't work on my device -.- must be a tweak stopping it
      Hmmm please share with us what's causing such issue when you find out
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      There are some great jailbreak tweaks using Touch ID... Hopefully Apple takes some of those tweaks and implements them... Having just lost my jailbreak last week, Touch ID is kinda lame now... Virtual Home, BioProtect and iTouchSecure are sorely missed...
      That blows how'd that happen.
    1. webmania's Avatar
      webmania -
      Quote Originally Posted by BhadKarma View Post
      Hmmm please share with us what's causing such issue when you find out
      Yeah it's really weird
      Not sure what's happened but when I'm in safe mode or use iL.E.X app to remove all the tweaks it works. So I guess I got to uninstall some apps and see what it is that's causing it.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlee19841 View Post
      That blows how'd that happen.
      I was feeling brave and deleting files and folders using ifile... Deleted the wrong thing and ended up in an endless boot loop... Tried using a few utilities to kick it out of that and every technique that used to work back in the day... I had no option but to restore and update... I was crushed...
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      I was having extreme battery drain so I restored. After thinking about it, realized it was intelliscreen which had fetch data at shortest interval. CRAP.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      I was having extreme battery drain so I restored. After thinking about it, realized it was intelliscreen which had fetch data at shortest interval. CRAP.
      Damn, that sucks... I feel your pain...