New iPad Air’s Touch ID Power Button an ‘Incredible Feat of Engineering’ According to Apple VP
Apple VP Bob Borchers in Product Marketing and John Turns in Hardware Engineering in YouTube I Justin and Jenna Esarik in the latest episode. The same brain A podcast discussing several aspects of the current iPad lineup and part of the development process that went into the latest fourth-generation iPad Air.
Speaking of the new iPad Air, Borchers says that activating the touch recognition sensor in a smaller form than the top button is “an incredible feat in engineering.” Turns explains that activating the sensor’s narrow aspect ratio was somewhat challenging. The sensor needed to be “incredibly sensitive” and had a broad view of the fingerprints during the initial recruitment process and over time.
In the cellular model of the iPad Air, Turns mentions that the upper part of the box is simply the antenna, and since both are highly sensitive devices, much work has been done to ensure that the ‘touch recognition sensor and antenna do not interfere with each other. . He assured that the “silicon and engineering” sensor could provide the level of protection provided by pre-activation.
With the introduction of the neural engine in the iPad Air, Borchers notes that increasing the device’s settings will bring more powerful capabilities to the iPad and give users a higher level of privacy.
The current iPad Pro line includes the A12Z bionic processor, and the new iPad Air is the first device to feature Apple’s latest A14 bionic processor. Borchers notes that the A12Z is ”optimized for workflow and experience, especially those that are graphic-intensive.” Commenting on the differences between the two, he notes that the A12Z has an advantage over “things that can be intensified more graphically,” while the A14 offers “amazing capabilities everywhere.”
Watch the full podcast for another 40 minutes from Borchers and Turnus.