iOS 7.1 code reveals iPad support for Touch ID coming soon?
Even though we were almost certain that Touch ID was going to make it to the iPad line-up last year, Apple found a way to disappoint. We saw leaked photos of the iPad supporting Touch ID, but given the supply restraints that Apple was facing with the iPhone 5s, it’s clear that the reason they company pushed it for a future release was due to its ability to deliver. If you’re asking yourself when the feature will reach the iPad, new rumors shed some light.
A French developer has just discovered that there is code on iOS 7.1 that already hints to the iPad’s compatibility. Apple designates that device 1 corresponds to the iPhone/iPod in its code, and then device 2 is always the iPad, so you’ll notice that we already find device 2 being mentioned. Apple has historically launched new versions of the iPad during March or April, so it could be that the company was already testing the feature on prototypes at Cupertino, and using the same official code that we already use on our devices publicly.
It’s hard to tell if Apple is planning to launch a new tablet this spring, especially with the “not-so-hot” sales that the company reported in its last conference call. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more in the next coming weeks.