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iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 photo leak supports Touch ID rumors

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Apple is expected to release its next generation flagship phone and tablets and much anticipated iWatch in 2014. As Know Your Mobile reports (June 23), an online image has surfaced, purportedly showing the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with Retina display in a group shot.

All three devices are pictured sporting the embedded round home screen Touch ID button introduced on last year’s iPhone 5S release. Allegedly, the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will support Apple’s TouchID fingerprint sensor for device protection and online payment security.

This latest photo leak seemingly coincides with existing rumors that Touch ID will arrive with the release of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with Retina display. It comes as no surprise that the fingerprint scanning hardware will be featured on the upcoming iPhone 6, rumored for a fall release.

AppleInsider reports that Touch ID is expected to be a key feature of both the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display variants of the iPhone 6. According to G 4 Games, a report from China Times says that starting in July, Touch ID sensors will begin shipping out of Apple supply chain, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). Details from the report claim that TSMC will ship out as much as 120 units of the component and that the next-gen Touch ID sensor will be more durable and optimized for Apple’s new iOS 8 software.

Not only will the new Touch ID offer prospective customers an improved user experience, the need for passwords could be eliminated for some apps. Sources claim that the Touch ID sensor will finally be open to third-party developers.

Over the weekend, Reuters discovered a hot tidbit that relates to the production schedule of the iPhone 6. Apparently, a couple of Apple’s iPhone manufacturing partners in China are in the middle of a hiring spree. Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn is seeking to hire over 100,000 people in China, according to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News. The anticipated high demand for the iPhone 6 is also prompting Taiwanese manufacturer, Pegatron Corp to grow its employee roster by 30 percent.

Factories beefing up their assembly line supports iPhone 6 production rumors that suggest a summer kick-off. Although MacRumors points out that the timing is correct for a possible iPhone 6 release date around September, all rumors should be taken with a proverbial pinch of salt.