Apple will fit its next-gen phones and tablets with a harder-wearing, more robust version of Touch ID, reports suggest, as biometric security becomes ever more integral to combating smartphone theft.
Touch ID, which debuted on the iPhone 5S’s home button and is currently exclusive to Apple’s flagship, enables owners to unlock their handset with their unique fingerprint or those of approved users.
However, although it’s significantly better than Samsung’s biometric security equivalent, the sensors Touch ID uses are prone to wearing out with overuse.
According to sources cited by China Times, though, that’s something Apple is tackling on the iPhone 6 and the 2014 editions of the iPad Air and iPad Mini with the inclusion of more durable sensors.
The site’s insiders claim these will be manufactured at an expanded TSMC factory, which is where Touch ID sensors are currently produced.
Interestingly, it’s also posited that as well as the iPad Air and iPad Mini, which have been rumoured to feature Touch ID for ages now, both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch editions of the iPhone 6 will pack the technology.
Last time around, Apple used the feature as one of the key differentiators between the top-end iPhone 5S and the cheaper iPhone 5C.
The tech giant's decision to invest in improving biometric security comes after a study showed that over 80,000 smartphones are stolen in the UK annually.
Touch ID is also front and centre in the new version of Apple’s iOS 8 software and will enable users to confirm App Store purchases without inputting a password.
Apple has also opened up the tech to third-party app-makers, presumably for in-app purchases in freemium games and whathaveyou.