Which iPads Have Touch ID?

Last Updated on September 22, 2022 by Ernest and Saad

The introduction of Touch ID singlehandedly changed the way we interact with our iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks. Gone were the days when we had to enter long pin codes every time. Now, a swipe of our finger is all that we need to biometrically authenticate with our devices.

This begs the question, which iPads have Touch ID? And, is Touch ID still present in iPads? In this article, we’re going to be answering exactly like that.

All iPads With Touch ID

Touch ID was later replaced with Face ID for a few select models of the iPad. Besides that, every iPad from a particular timespan had a Touch ID sensor present. Here’s a quick look at all of them:

Classic iPad

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Model NameRelease DateTouch ID? 
iPad (5th Generation)March, 24, 2017Yes
iPad (6th Generation) March, 27, 2018Yes
iPad (7th Generation)September 25, 2019Yes
iPad (8th Generation)September 18, 2018Yes
iPad (9th Generation)September 24, 2021Yes

iPad Air

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Model NameRelease DateTouch ID? 
iPad Air 2 November 22, 2014Yes
iPad Air (3rd generation)March 18, 2019Yes
iPad Air (4th generation)November 23, 2020Yes (Side button)
iPad Air (5th generation)March 18, 2022Yes (Side button)

iPad Mini

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Model NameRelease DateTouch ID? 
iPad Mini 322 October, 2014Yes
iPad Mini 49 September, 2015Yes
iPad Mini (5th Generation)18 March, 2019Yes
iPad Mini (6th Generation)24 September, 2021Yes (Side button)

iPad Pro

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Model NameRelease DateTouch ID? 
iPad Pro (1st Generation)31 March, 2016Yes
iPad Pro (2nd Generation)13 June, 2017Yes

How To Set Up Touch ID On iPad?

Here’s how you can set up Touch ID on your iPad. 

  • Open the Settings application on your iPad
  • Now, head to Touch ID & Passcode
  • After doing so, enter your Passcode
  • Now, tap on Add Fingerprint
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to add Touch ID

Note: Your setup process may vary depending on what version of iPadOS / iOS you are on. 

What Is The First iPad With Touch ID?

The iPad Air 2, released on the 22nd of November, 2014, is the first iPad to feature Touch ID. This is because the iPad Air 2 was meant to act as a lightweight, more powerful version of the iPad Air. Most new features, prior to the release of the iPad Pro, were first experimented on with the iPad Air before making way to the more budget-oriented models like the iPad Mini and the original iPad. 

Is Touch ID Secure On iPad?

Touch ID is extremely secure, and you shouldn’t be worried about people being able to log in to your iPad. However, this method of biometric authentication is still subject to targeted attacks. For instance, someone can extract your fingerprint from another surface and use it to unlock your iPad.


But, for the average Joe, Touch ID is extremely secure and is a great way to authenticate yourself on the iPad. You can also use Touch ID for In-App Purchases and Apple Pay which is a further testament to the trust Apple places in their implementation of fingerprint identification.

Will iPads Always Have Touch ID?

Yes, some iPads will always have Touch IDs. This is because the feature saves on costs and is a clear way to distinguish models from one another. The latest redesign of the iPad Air indicated that Apple isn’t ready to implement Face ID on all of their models just yet.

This is because Touch ID will always remain less expensive to implement compared to Face ID. It doesn’t involve intricate sensors and is, therefore, much easier to produce. Moreover, Apple has spent more time with Touch ID. So, they’re more comfortable with implementing it on their budget-oriented models.


The latest iPad AIr now featuring a Touch ID sensor on the side is further indication that we’re going to be seeing Touch ID in a different place in newer models. The iPad Mini too, now has a Touch ID sensor present on the side instead of the home button (which is removed.) Therefore, the Touch ID sensor isn’t going away anytime soon.

Conclusion

The iPad remains one of the only Apple products that still proudly features a Touch ID sensor. And, by the looks of it, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the iPad remains an anomaly in a few different ways. For instance, premium versions of the iPad do not have a headphone jack, while some lower-end models do. 

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