Apple will broaden the line of Touch ID enabled devices in 2014, stepping it up from just the iPhone to the iPhone 6, iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2. We expect the names of the iPads to remain the same as the previous year and come with internal upgrades and slightly thinner designs.
Currently the iPhone 5S is the only device with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and was the launch feature for the S model. The sensor didn’t function perfectly, but Apple has been refining the design for 2014 to make it even better.
The news comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been correct on previous Apple related information. The only iOS devices not to have a Touch ID sensor will be the iPods, which will reportedly continue in 2014.
This will allow Apple to ship off a much larger amount of Touch ID enabled devices, the two iPads for 2014 should generate sales of around 60 million, while the iPhone 6 and iPhablet should push that to 120 million before the end of 2014.
This would be four times the amount shipped in 2013 and show Apple’s confidence in the yield-rate for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The scope of over 100 million units this year alone could be hard to handle, but Apple has the manufacturing partners to make it happen.
The iPhone 6 will be coming in September 16 according to multiple sources close to Apple’s plans. The design of the iPhone 6 will be thinner than the previous iPhone 5S and come with new curved edges, along with a larger 4.7-inch display.
Apple will be launching the iWatch in 2014, but we do not believe they will add Touch ID to the smartwatch. Interaction on the wearable device will most likely be done through Siri, similar to how Android Wear handles interaction.
Touch ID has become one of the favoured fingerprint sensors on mobile devices, after the failure of the HTC One Max and Galaxy S5.