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Old May 7, 2014, 06:29 AM   #1
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TSMC Provides First Batch of Fingerprint Sensors for iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3




Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly provided the first batch of Touch ID fingerprint sensors to be used in the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, according to a new report from component information website cecb2b.com citing supply chain sources (Google Translate, via GforGames).

In addition to production at TSMC, the report notes that the fingerprint sensors are being assembled by TSMC subsidiaries Xintec and Suzhou Crystal Semiconductor. A report in January noted that TSMC would begin production on the sensors sometime in the second quarter of this year with a new 12-inch fab processing method, however a report in February stated that TSMC would be using the same 8-inch fingerprint sensor processing method that was used for the iPhone 5s.

The inclusion of Touch ID on the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini would also fall in line with predictions from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who noted that both devices would gain the feature alongside processor upgrades and various other improvements.

Apple's head start on Touch ID fingerprint sensor production will likely help the launch supplies of all three devices. The component was said to be a key factor contributing to the limited supplies of the iPhone 5s at its launch last September, with low yield rates at Xintec and iOS 7-sensor integration slowing production.

Article Link: TSMC Provides First Batch of Fingerprint Sensors for iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3
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Old May 7, 2014, 06:32 AM   #2
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All of these iPhone rumors are exciting. Bring it!
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Old May 7, 2014, 06:32 AM   #3
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I'm still not seeing the value of a fingerprint sensor on an iPad.
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Old May 7, 2014, 06:32 AM   #4
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I skipped iPad Air this year for TouchID if Apple will give iPad air touch ID this year then ill be spending a lot on Unlocked iPhone 6 and 64 GB iPad Air 2.
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Old May 7, 2014, 06:33 AM   #5
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I don't get all these sites claiming this Ming-Chi Kuo is "very reliable". He makes the most obvious predictions, what do you expect? "All iPads and iPhones from now on will have Touch ID". You don't say?

Edit: He also said that the 5.5" 64GB variant is the only one that will have a sapphire display. Well, I predict that a) There won't be a 5.5" variant; b) Apple won't include a sapphire display on a specific variant while leaving the other models with "regular" glass, making the whole iPhone line fragmented. Let's see which one of us gets this right.
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Old May 7, 2014, 06:40 AM   #6
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And we're still in May... Where's the emoticon of a guy shooting himself in the head?
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Old May 7, 2014, 06:42 AM   #7
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I'm still not seeing the value of a fingerprint sensor on an iPad.
Look a little harder?
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Old May 7, 2014, 06:47 AM   #8
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I'm still not seeing the value of a fingerprint sensor on an iPad.
Only when I buy things at the App Store will this be a convenience. Otherwise, I don't even keep a lock code on my iPad.
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Old May 7, 2014, 06:52 AM   #9
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I'm still not seeing the value of a fingerprint sensor on an iPad.
Im seeing lots of value in a fast reliable fingerprint sensor in iMacs, Macbooks, iPads, iPhones and iPods.
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I'm still not seeing the value of a fingerprint sensor on an iPad.
Multiplie user logins in iOS 8 would be a good starting point.
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Old May 7, 2014, 06:56 AM   #11
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multiple user accounts in iOS 8?

Imagine multiple user accounts in iOS 8 ... then the ipad fingerprint sensor would make perfect sense for me
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I'm still not seeing the value of a fingerprint sensor on an iPad.
Perhaps I'm the minority and my faith is misplaced, but I use the iCloud Keychain extensively on my iPad. Which means Touch ID is essential for me. Yes, I could still use Keychain without a passcode, but I'm not taking any chances.
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This iPad mini 3 rumor must be true. Simple because when I brought the first retina iPad 3 in just 6 month later Apple released the iPad 4. Now I got my retina mini few weeks ago just in 6month time to get replaced with mini 3. Ahh.
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Multiplie user logins in iOS 8 would be a good starting point.

Ain't gonna happen.
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I'm still not seeing the value of a fingerprint sensor on an iPad.
I am. I really wished the first iPad Air had gotten it. But that's ok. Can't wait to sell my iPad Air for iPad Air 2 with Touch ID this fall

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Im seeing lots of value in a fast reliable fingerprint sensor in iMacs, Macbooks, iPads, iPhones and iPods.
So do I. I'd like to see an updated Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad with a Touch ID sensor.

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Ain't gonna happen.
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Hi.

I'd like to order a 16 Wifi + LTE iPad Air 2 plus an iPhone 6 with 32GB. Please let me know when you want my credit card info.

Much appreciated.
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I own iPhone 5S since November and still haven't test the famous Fingerprint functionality
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Old May 7, 2014, 07:31 AM   #18
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Or all these fingerprint scanners are for the iPhone. I'm unclear based on the article that I read where there's any proof that the fabrications are for different devices. Speculation only. Of course it makes sense that it would appear in the iPad - I just don't see any "proof" here.
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How would they know they are going to the 6/iPads vs the 5s?
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I'm still not seeing the value of a fingerprint sensor on an iPad.
Mobile payments. Apple will open this up to 3rd parties with iOS 8.
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Old May 7, 2014, 07:39 AM   #21
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I'm amazed that some people don't passcode protect their ipad, the amount of personal information on there is astonishing:

1) e-mail account access
2) websites with stored password in safari (combine this with email access and you could easily get locked out of some services)
3) document scans - I travel a lot so I scan important documents
4) contact info

and so on.

I admit that the chances of serious finacial damage from access to most of the data is small, but the potential for mischief and a significant invasion of privacy is immense.

I never used to think about entering my code, but sinse getting an iphone 5s, I sigh everytime I have to (yes I know this is a first world problem ). In my case, the lask of touch ID on the ipad air has stopped me upgrading. I would be very surprised and disapointed if Apple did not roll it out to the ipad range.
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I own iPhone 5S since November and still haven't test the famous Fingerprint functionality
Erm, okay. Why not? I use it all the time, works great.
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I own iPhone 5S since November and still haven't test the famous Fingerprint functionality
You should lock your phone, unless you don't give a damn about someone getting their hands on your personal data.

If you have a TouchID sensor, you should use it. You can quickly get into your locked phone, and nobody can snoop over your shoulder to see your passcode being entered.

And if you buy stuff from iTunes, you won't have to tediously enter your Apple ID password. Just use your fingerprint.
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How would they know they are going to the 6/iPads vs the 5s?
A screen was leaked last year that fit a touch ID sensor
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