Evidence that the next-gen iPads will sport Apple’s Touch ID biometric technology is mounting today, after a dev trawled through source code for iOS 8.1 and found what looks very much like conclusive proof of Apple's plans.
Hamza Stood examined the beta version of the software, which is expected to debut on the iPad Air 2 and updated iPad Mini in October, and came across code string specifically naming Touch ID in conjunction with the iPad in the 'settings' section.
The code states: "Pay with iPad using Touch ID. With Apple Pay, you no longer need to type card numbers and shipping information."
The report, which comes after photos of parts for the tablets that also hint at Touch ID support, comes after Apple improved the scope of its fingerprint security with the arrival of iOS 8 on the iPhone 6 earlier this month.
Instead of just acting as an extra layer of security, the biometric tech is now used to authenticate purchases in the App Store and iTunes, as well as in-app payments.
It’ll also be a key plank of the Apple Pay system that’s due to launch in the US soon and that harnesses Near Field Communications (NFC) tech to allow users to pay for low-ticket goods by swiping their phone over a reader.
A more capacious iPad, dubbed the iPad Pro and sporting a 12.9-inch screen, is expected next year.
Cult of Mac