Apple will continue to put its faith in biometric security technology in the battle against the gadget-theft epidemic, alleged leaked images of the next-gen iPad and iPhone suggest.
The snaps, for which we owe Taiwanese site Apple Club a debt of gratitude, show what look very much like dummy versions of the iPhone 6, Air Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with home buttons featuring Apple’s Touch ID. They have emerged days after a study showed that 80,000 smartphones are stolen in the UK annually.
Touch ID, which debuted on the iPhone 5S and has yet to make it to any other piece of iKit, locks an Apple gadget so that it can only unlocked by the owners’ fingerprint. Or those of their kith and kin whom the owner has approved and whose fingerprints are also stored.
The black edition of the iPhone 6 also features the more rounded edges that Apple are rumoured to be opting for this time around and which mean there's more a hint of the iPhone 3GS about its look.
It’s noticeable too that next to the iPad on which it’s resting, the iPhone in the picture looks much larger than the current-gen model.
That once again adds ballast to claims that this year’s handsets will be supersized editions with 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch screens.
As for the iPads, assuming the photos are the real deal, it seems it’s very much business as usual in the looks stakes. But this surely ought to come as no real surprise given Apple’s propensity for making major design changes on a bi-annual basis.
For a more complete look at what we expect to see from the iPhone 6, you’ll need our exhaustive iPhone 6 rumours round-up.