Touch ID

Touch IDApple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor could extend its reach beyond the iPhone 5S and into future iPad and MacBook computers, according to a newly published patent. The company’s filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office includes language that opens the door to adding the biometric technology to its tablets, computers and “beyond,” discovered Patently Apple. So far, Touch ID verification has been helpful in allowing iPhone 5S users to quickly unlock their smartphones and download iTunes content without having to enter a passcode. However, the technology hasn’t been made available to third-party developers to help eliminate all password barriers just yet. Less than a week from now, Apple is expected to launch two new iPad models, the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 with a Retina display. In addition to possibly adorning the iPhone 5S gold and space gray colors as part of their rear shell, the forthcoming tablets are rumored to contain a fingerprint sensor.

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