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Embedded code points to forthcoming Touch ID and Apple Pay functionality as leaks in Asia suggests larger screens for Apple’s tablet range.

Hidden code within the latest iOS 8.1 beta software suggests that Apple’s next-generation iPads, expected to be announced in October, will have both the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and Apple Pay functionality, like the iPhone 6.

Apple is also expected to introduce a larger iPad measuring 12.9in diagonally, which would have 76% more screen area, at 79.88 square inches, than the current 9.7in iPad Air if it retains the same 4:3 ratio for its width and length.

Separate sources have suggested that Apple will introduce a “multi-window” split screen function for the larger iPad, like that used by Microsoft’s Windows 8 software on its tablets and Samsung on its Galaxy Tab range.

With sales of iPads having slowed dramatically in the first half, and fallen year-on-year for two quarters in succession, Apple will be looking to tempt business users with its new devices. A deal with IBM, signed in July, could be crucial to reviving flagging sales as consumers have cooled on buying new tablets, replacing them far more slowly than they do their smartphones. Read More

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