Ever since Apple has done away with Touch ID on its iPhones (for the most part), there have been multiple rumors suggesting that Apple could actually be looking to bring the tech back through an in-display sensor. If the rumors are to be believed, it could actually happen with the iPhone 13 this year.
However, it seems that the iPhone 13 will not be the first Apple product to get the new feature. According to a tweet by xleaks7, it has been suggested that the iPad mini 6 could actually get the feature before the iPhone does. xleaks7 shared renders of the iPad mini 6 on Coverpigtou.it where it shows the alleged render (based on CAD files) of the upcoming tablet.
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— xleaks7 (David Kowalski) (@xleaks7) January 20, 2021
We have heard that Apple could be refreshing the iPad mini 6, but the inclusion of an in-display Touch ID sensor is news to us. It’s interesting because in the past, Apple has typically reserved its new hardware features for its iPhones first, but we’re starting to see a shift in that behavior. Take for example the 2020 iPad Pro refresh where Apple introduced a LiDAR scanner which eventually made its way into the iPhone 12.
Also, the flat edge design that Apple uses for the iPhone 12 lineup was first adopted by the iPad Pro, so based on this, we guess we shouldn’t be too surprised that an in-display Touch ID could debut on an iPad ahead of the iPhone.