Fresh evidence has emerged that further reinforces the thought that the new iPads, expected to be announced in October, will come with Touch ID fingerprint sensors. And what's more you will be able to use them to confirm payments through Apple Pay.

The information was hidden in the latest developer beta of iOS 8.1, released yesterday. The feature's settings, a privacy statement and reference to Touch ID on the iPad was included and found by developer Hamza Sood.

One of the code strings in the beta says: "Pay with iPad using Touch ID. With Apple Pay, you no longer need to type card numbers and shipping information."

This is the strongest evidence yet that Apple plans to introduce the fingerprint sensor technology to its next wave of iPad Air and iPad mini devices, as it comes from development code released by the company itself.

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There's no mention of NFC technology, however. While the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch all feature the tech for contactless payments (and potential other uses), it is not thought the iPad will follow suit - after all, who wants to pull an iPad out of their bag to pay for groceries?

Instead, the Touch ID and Apple Pay system will be used for online purchases, so you don't have to type in your information or password on the sites each time.

This was confirmed by Sood. "For the confused: Apple Pay on iPad with Touch ID is just for purchasing things through apps. Not NFC or anything like that," he tweeted.