Newest iPad includes Touch ID fingerprint biometrics as speculation on iPhone inclusion mounts

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Fingerprint biometrics are featured in the newest mobile device from Apple, as the new iPad Air includes a Touch ID sensor mounted on the side, Cnet reports, giving new credence to suggestions that the tech giant will also include fingerprint recognition in the forthcoming iPhone 12.

Touch ID gives users the option to unlock their device with biometrics without removing a mask or implementing a Face ID workaround, or bypassing the security feature. The change also allows Apple to provide a larger screen.

Cnet insists the company should include both Touch ID and Face ID facial recognition in the iPhone 12. The iPhone SE, launched by Apple in April, includes Touch ID.

“The focus on the new integrated fingerprint reader likely presages that it will show up in the next iPhone as a hedge against Face ID,” Cnet quotes Reticle Research analyst Ross Rubin as saying.

Cnet also notes that with the COVID-19 pandemic still with us, and still impacting consumer finances around the world, sales of high-end electronics like 5G smartphones are flagging, while items like webcams and laptops have had robust sales.

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