No TouchID fingerprint scanners on new iPads

No TouchID fingerprint scanners on new iPads
If you're looking for something missing in the new generation iPad Air and iPad mini 2, look no farther than the home button on each device, because what was expected to be Apple's go-to premium feature moving forwards has been left out. Neither the new iPad Air nor the iPad mini 2 has a TouchID fingerprint scanner built-in, despite leaks to the contrary.

We have seen a few leaked images of both the iPad mini 2 and the iPad Air (rumored as the iPad 5) where each device had a fingerprint scanner built-in. There were also a number of leaks on each that did not feature the TouchID sensor, and analysts predicting that the devices would not feature the scanners. So, what happened? We have reached out to Apple for comment, but the best guess we have at the moment is it was a matter of production capability.

There were multiple rumors surrounding the iPhone 5s production having problems, and most of the blame was placed on the TouchID sensor. As such, the iPhone 5s launched with lower supply than Apple would have liked, and has left many with a long wait for their new devices. Given that the fingerprint scanner production was already spread thin, it looks like Apple decided now was not the time to push more and add the hardware to the new iPads. 

We still expect that the TouchID scanner will become a standard on Apple devices, but this will not be the year that happens. As happens often with iOS features that we would like to see, we'll have to wait until next year. It should also be noted that the KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who correctly predicted that neither iPads would have the fingerprint scanner, predicted the iPad mini 2 would have Retina, and that there would be no gold iPad (all correct), also predicted big shortages in production of the iPad mini 2, so we'll be keeping an eye on that. 

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iPad Air
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh
iPad mini 2
  • Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 6471 mAh

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18 Comments

1. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Is this really b/c of supply issues or just a way to get you to upgrade this time next year?

18. dspkblympkbl

Posts: 51; Member since: May 23, 2013

If thats the case then they got me for next year, no point in buying the air if yoyve the 4

2. Sauce unregistered

With most PA users here saying fingerprint tech is pointless, stupid, a gimmick, etc, I can't wait to see what everyone has to complain about now.

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Nothing ! People are just glad Apple agrees with them and decided not to put the Touch ID in .

3. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Who cares? The new iPads will destroy everything in their path

13. sweetburrito13

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Really what do the new ipads have beside being thinner and lighter? No new software no special upgrades. Not even a touch id sensor. New galaxy note 10.1 has 3gb ram tons of s pen features multi window better display and better battery life

4. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

For the "Air" model ... one tablet to rule them all ... one tablet can now work on all carriers (US based at least) ... this is huge. Same for the Mini with Retina.

5. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Oh a major disappointment isnt it?

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Thx God! Size cut: check Weight cut: check Now Apple only needs to sell the new new new new new Ipad for $400 and with a 16:10 aspect ratio and it's fight on.

7. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Apropos of nothing, other than that it has to do with the iPad. Why don't the new iPads support the latest Wi-Fi standards? My 6 month old Galaxy S4 does, my brothers new Note3 does. Why not the iPads? Not fanboying or trolling, just honestly curious.

10. stealthd unregistered

Maybe because AC routers aren't common place enough for them to consider it worth the cost? They're still at least $149 at retail, a lot of people, like myself, probably don't consider it worth it when their N router is working just fine. Especially if the only network you're really connecting to is the internet. If you just use your router to connect to the internet there isn't much benefit to AC. It's also not a finalized standard, and 802.11AD might not be far away, they may just leap frog AC and go straight to AD when it's available.

14. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

The new airport extremes are AC compatible. Your logic is flawed. Why wouldn't Apple want the best for their product.

8. ijklmnop

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Nokia's event overshadowed apple's.....yaaay

11. stealthd unregistered

Best tablet available's update overshadowed by another RT tablet and some big screened windows phones? I think not.

15. funchumm1206

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

2520 isn't even trending on twitter. But nice looking lumia 1520. Sexy phablet.

9. MrsPotatoHead

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

This is catastrophic because I was really looking forward to that 128GB version with the fingerprint scanner. The other let down is that I wouldve liked that Apple release a black and shiny high glossy version of the iPad Air since Ive had the silver one now for a few years.

12. funchumm1206

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

What's with the big disappointment with no Touch-ID? Too lazy to type passcodes and passwords? Come on work those fingers people. And I'm Not an apple fan..nor Google.

17. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Too little supply and they want it to be thin. Hopefully they realize that the positioning would be awkward on a tablet...

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