The massive iOS 8 changes to security and programming with SWIFT reveal a sweeping change to the next OS upgrade along with opening up 3rd party access to Touch ID, which is one big clue to Apple planning to add the fingerprint sensor to all of their mobile devices.
This is why you can expect the iPod touch 6th generation along with iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and mini 3 to feature Touch ID just like the upgrade they pushed with a new lighting cable input.
Also See: iOS 8 public release notes
For those that doubt this possibility, it’s important to remember that Apple brought the lightning cable change to iPads, iPods, and iPhone. They have changed the iOS 8 script language and completely revamped the code to allow better security with Touch ID and opening it up to 3rd party apps using it such as Facebook, so users don’t need a password.
This will almost certainly push Apple to add Touch ID to the new iPads and a long at last iPod touch 6G upgrade this year after 2 years without a major update. We have already seen from countless ‘leaked’ images of the iPad Air 2 that it is going to be coming with a Touch ID sensor, so it is highly likely that Apple will follow suit with their next iPod Touch 6G as well.
It’s somewhat strange for Apple to reveal such a big feature of future hardware, but we knew straight away when iOS 8 was revealed at WWDC 2014 that the third party Touch ID support would extend to other devices aside from the iPhone 6.
It’s really exciting when we think about the idea of never having to use passwords again with our favorite apps – we mentioned Facebook above as an obvious app that will benefit from this update, but obviously there are a vast amount of apps that will be included too.
Are you hoping that Apple still has plans to make the iPod Touch 6G relevant with a TouchID sensor for logging into apps with a fingerprint?