Fresh leaks suggest that the Apple iPad 5 will have a fingerprint sensor.
Apple are expected to unveil the iPad 5 next week (October 22nd), alongside the iPad Mini 2. We're already pretty sure it'll have an improved specification and adopt a design similar to the iPad Mini. However, the big question on everybody's mind is whether the next-gen iPad 5 will have a fingerprint sensor, and it's looking more and more like it will.
A couple of fresh leaks have surfaced giving us the biggest indication so far that the iPad 5 will include Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor - which first debuted on the iPhone 5S.
Firstly, a purported image of the iPad 5 (posted above) has been leaked by Chinese sources inside Apple's supply chain. Looking closely at the image you'll notive that the home-screen button is similar to the one used in Apple's iPhone 5S.
Additionally, a new video of the iPad 5 has also appeared online which compares the front panel of the, soon to be announced, iPad 5 to the current iPad 4.
From the video (posted below) you can clearly see that there is a distinct difference between the two tablets home-screen buttons: the iPad 5's is significantly smaller than it's predecessors. Infact, the older iPad 4 home button doesn't fit into the new iPad 5 panel, but interestingly the iPhone 5S's home button, which comes complete with a fingerprint sensor, fits into the slot perfectly.
These two fresh leaks have made us much more confident that the iPad 5 will come complete with a fingerprint sensor - although, we won't know for sure until Apple unveil the tablet next week. We also think it's pretty unlikely that the same technology will make its way into the more affordable iPad Mini 2, but we're keeping our fingers crossed.
More about Apple's Touch ID Fingerprint sensor
Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor enables users to unlock their device using their fingerprint, while it can also be used to authorise payments on iTunes which should eradicate unauthorised transactions - so it's not just a novelty feature afterall. However, there are concerns over the security of the solution and it's already been hacked.
Learn more about Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor here. Including how it's used and its potential security flaws.
By Simon Thomas on 15th October, 2013