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MacRumors
Sep 18, 2013, 02:35 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iPhonehomebutton.pngApple will use sapphire home buttons on the new iPad and iPad mini, expected to launch next month, according to a report (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130917PD217.html) from DigiTimes.
Apple first adopted sapphire to make covers of iPhone 5 cameras and now the material is also used in making covers of iPhone 5S finger print-recognizing home keys, the sources noted. Apple in March 2013 filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office an application concerning high-temperature lamination of sapphire layers, the sources noted.The report goes on to note that Apple may be looking to adopt sapphire for the front screen of the next iPhone to be launched in 2014.

The most likely reason for a sapphire home button would be to add the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPad, while a sapphire screen for the iPhone, while likely being an extremely expensive part, would make the screen virtually immune to scratching.

A previous report (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/21/future-smartphone-displays-may-use-sapphire-instead-of-glass/) suggested that Apple and other smartphone manufacturers looked at using sapphire for smartphone screens but found the material was unsuitable for high-volume production (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/06/13/apple-experimented-with-sapphire-crystal-displays-found-them-infeasible/).

A redesigned iPad and Retina iPad mini are expected to launch next month.

Article Link: Sapphire Home Buttons Coming to New iPads? (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/18/sapphire-home-buttons-coming-to-new-ipads/)



Michaelgtrusa
Sep 18, 2013, 02:36 PM
I bet this will look very nice. yea Apple.

pmz
Sep 18, 2013, 02:40 PM
You think?

Touch ID will hit every product eventually.

lotzosushi
Sep 18, 2013, 02:41 PM
As long as it comes along with a retina display on the mini I'll be happy. :rolleyes:

nagromme
Sep 18, 2013, 02:42 PM
DigiTimes = the opposite of information. It's like a random 8-ball that takes pride in the few times it's right. And they like to claim info on things that are the same educated guesswork any of us could make from our armchair.

Make the screen out of whatever you think is best... home button too... but I sure hope the iPad (at least the full iPad 5) gets the fingerprint sensor now!

In the end, all iOS devices will have it, of course. And the mini will have retina eventually. (I'd be amazed if it's this year: the GPU and battery challenges are not small.)

g88bo
Sep 18, 2013, 02:43 PM
now add that fingerprint sensor to the rmbp aswell and release it already! :)

OutSpoken
Sep 18, 2013, 02:44 PM
Hope this is true... Patiently waiting iPad5

jmh600cbr
Sep 18, 2013, 02:45 PM
if it doesn't then Apple has a serious issue with understanding what the customer wants. The way i see it, from now on every new device should have it. Even next year at WWDC the 6C should have it.

Spacial
Sep 18, 2013, 02:46 PM
A little change just for the sake of it.

Szarky
Sep 18, 2013, 02:49 PM
Seems like a no brainer for Apple to have a top of the line iPhone (5s) and iPad(9.7") both with the fingerprint sensor right now for corporate clients(as well as obviously for the consumer market). Let the iPad Mini and iPhone 5c be the less expensive/not as secure/not as profitable/not as powerful devices.

Can't wait for a new Mini! My iPad 2 days are done!(nothing wrong with it, just feels like holding a brick now after using the g/f's Mini constantly).

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A little change just for the sake of it.

A little? What the f...
Dude the future is here man! If people can't see the huge potential for this in the next 1-2 years you are so blind. :confused:

I could see this being huge for parents who want to control the amount of time their kids use on the iPad. I know of a coworker who's kid is addicted to Minecraft and he's only like 7 or 8. Not literally addicted but plays it probably too much.

Businesses that use an iPad instead of a big clunky cash register can now not be worried about having a $500+ device sitting on the counter. Want it? Go for it and steal it, you won't be able to use it.

Minor convenience of not having to click home screen and then swipe. Now just put finger on home button. I bet after using the fingerprint sensor to unlock going back to the old way will feel so wrong and slow(yes, probably only a 1/4-1/2 second slower but still add that up over couple years).

AppleMactablet
Sep 18, 2013, 02:51 PM
Digitimes SMH

cmChimera
Sep 18, 2013, 02:55 PM
I'm getting my first iPad this year, I hope this is true so much.

Centris 650
Sep 18, 2013, 02:55 PM
YES! I seriously doubted it to the point I wasn't going to be surprised or let down if the TID was missing on the iPad 5. While I know this is still a rumor it gives hope!

piecloud
Sep 18, 2013, 02:56 PM
This might finally bring multi-user support. Touch Id + no multi user = Fail ! for families that share an iPad.

csrini1
Sep 18, 2013, 02:59 PM
This might finally bring multi-user support. Touch Id + no multi user = Fail ! for families that share an iPad.

there is multi-user support.

olowott
Sep 18, 2013, 03:00 PM
iPad 5 please, awesome to have on it!

piecloud
Sep 18, 2013, 03:02 PM
there is multi-user support.
in iPad? source???

ValSalva
Sep 18, 2013, 03:02 PM
Reminds me of the Lightning connector. Eventually all iOS devices will have the fingerprint sensor.

Szarky
Sep 18, 2013, 03:05 PM
there is multi-user support.

No there isn't. Sure you can have multiple accounts for e-mail/notes/reminders/calender etc. but it's not even close to true multi-user support.

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Reminds me of the Lightning connector. Eventually all iOS devices will have the fingerprint sensor.

And all devices will have Retina ;) Hopefully Retina Mini in a month and eventually even the iMac's and Thunderbolt displays will. Hell, even later TV's will be too. Hmmm makes me wonder if 4k is "Retina."

springsup
Sep 18, 2013, 03:14 PM
No there isn't. Sure you can have multiple accounts for e-mail/notes/reminders/calender etc. but it's not even close to true multi-user support.

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And all devices will have Retina ;) Hopefully Retina Mini in a month and eventually even the iMac's and Thunderbolt displays will. Hell, even later TV's will be too. Hmmm makes me wonder if 4k is "Retina."

4K is well above "Retina". In fact, even HD is retina; if you can see the individual pixels on your TV screen you're almost certainly sitting too close (or you have a really massive, low-resolution TV).

dampfnudel
Sep 18, 2013, 03:15 PM
I would like to get the iPad mini 2, but I want 128GB which I think is unlikely for the mini 2. Now, if I could get a 64-bit A7, Touch ID and of of course, 128GB capacity, I would be all over the mini 2. That would be a pleasant surprise, but right now, it looks more likely that I'll be getting a iPad 5. Unless, I convince myself that an A6, no Touch ID and 64GB is okay as long as it has a retina display???

needfx
Sep 18, 2013, 03:16 PM
and there I was sitting and thinking after the event that I dodged an updated ipad mini bullet

jclardy
Sep 18, 2013, 03:19 PM
I really hope Touch ID is on the iPad - as that means Apple will actually be pushing the software forward this year. If they leave it off till next year then I doubt we will get a 3rd party API till then.

maxwelltech
Sep 18, 2013, 03:22 PM
Pretty sure this is coming to new iPads.

Chupa Chupa
Sep 18, 2013, 03:23 PM
Reminds me of the Lightning connector. Eventually all iOS devices will have the fingerprint sensor.

And we'll all wonder how we ever got along without it. (I cringe every time I have to charge my iPad 3 -- the last dock connector device I own. Counting down the days to when I can buy an iPad 5 and be all Lightning all the time. If it has a fingerprint sensor then double bonus).

VanillaCracker
Sep 18, 2013, 03:27 PM
Seems like a no brainer for Apple to have a top of the line iPhone (5s) and iPad(9.7")

The article says "iPads". Both the iPad 5 and mini 2 will get the fingerprint sensor!

Some guy
Sep 18, 2013, 03:29 PM
Let me guess, this year's new iPad mini will have a retina screen but no Touch ID, which they will put in the next year's update to differentiate it form this year's. :/

tasset
Sep 18, 2013, 03:43 PM
Let me guess, this year's new iPad mini will have a retina screen but no Touch ID, which they will put in the next year's update to differentiate it form this year's. :/

This is what I completely expect. I would be totally shocked if the Mini received both the retina and TouchID this year, the way I see it the top of the line iPhones and iPads will get the newest features every year and the Mini and C-class iPhones will get it the following year.

Lancer
Sep 18, 2013, 03:50 PM
I think it's only a matter of time before it's not only on the iPads but also laptops and desktops.

SockRolid
Sep 18, 2013, 04:30 PM
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Dude the future is here man! If people can't see the huge potential for this in the next 1-2 years you are so blind. :confused:

“The future is already here - it’s just not evenly distributed.”

- William Gibson

foodog
Sep 18, 2013, 04:31 PM
Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/iPhonehomebutton.png)[/center]Apple will use sapphire home buttons on the new iPad and iPad mini, expected to launch next month, according to a report (http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130917PD217.html) from DigiTimes.


Thank you Captain Obvious for bringing us this Earth Shattering news :eek:

UnfetteredMind
Sep 18, 2013, 04:40 PM
Let me guess, this year's new iPad mini will have a retina screen but no Touch ID, which they will put in the next year's update to differentiate it form this year's. :/

I think that will be the case, just due to the sensor being so new and them having a limited supply (so the higher end devices get it). Once they are able to keep up with the supply (I would hope by next year's product releases), then all iOS devices (maybe even Macs?) will get it.

doelcm82
Sep 18, 2013, 05:44 PM
Let me guess, this year's new iPad mini will have a retina screen but no Touch ID, which they will put in the next year's update to differentiate it form this year's. :/

It depends on whether or not they can get both into this year's model without compromising somewhere else. Apple doesn't want to raise the price, or alter the form factor, or lower their profit margin.

I expect they're going to disappoint those who are willing to sell a kidney, a child, or their soul if they can get it all now.

cclloyd
Sep 18, 2013, 06:01 PM
If either this or retina makes it to the mini it will be an instant buy for me.

iSayuSay
Sep 18, 2013, 06:08 PM
Touch ID and sapphirehome button will trickle down to iPad 5 while the new iPad Mini will get the regular home button so it will align perfectly with 5s and 5c..

Next year all the iPhone and iPad line might get Touch ID

I hate to say it but it's so predictable

lewdvig
Sep 18, 2013, 06:42 PM
its going to be an expensive fall - I might upgrade the family ipads if this, and the a7 cpu in ipad are true.

having seen the size diff between the new ipad and mini, I think the bigger screen is worth it - especially since it is not that much bigger.

AdonisSMU
Sep 18, 2013, 06:49 PM
They need to just include all the features on the mini unless they are considering going plastic with it…price points be damned. Just release the best product you can.

garylapointe
Sep 18, 2013, 07:10 PM
Really? A new feature on the iPhone that might carry over to the iPada?!?!?

The next thing you'll be talking about the iPada getting retina displays, processor changes and more...

That's just cRaZy talk!!!

Gary

aandre
Sep 18, 2013, 07:59 PM
in iPad? source???

Multi-user support is for TouchID on any device (with iOS7 or later.)

a0me
Sep 18, 2013, 10:14 PM
This might finally bring multi-user support. Touch Id + no multi user = Fail ! for families that share an iPad.
Please, make it so.

iSee
Sep 18, 2013, 10:39 PM
To report this after the iPhone adopts a sapphire home button is utterly meaningless.

clibinarius
Sep 18, 2013, 11:18 PM
DigiTimes = the opposite of information. It's like a random 8-ball that takes pride in the few times it's right. And they like to claim info on things that are the same educated guesswork any of us could make from our armchair.

Make the screen out of whatever you think is best... home button too... but I sure hope the iPad (at least the full iPad 5) gets the fingerprint sensor now!

In the end, all iOS devices will have it, of course. And the mini will have retina eventually. (I'd be amazed if it's this year: the GPU and battery challenges are not small.)

I strongly disagree. There's been rumors that there are bottlenecks here, and Apple will need a reason to charge a premium for the full sized ipad.

A sensor on the mini would not make much sense.

Michael CM1
Sep 19, 2013, 12:01 AM
I would be shocked if the new iPad models and even the iPod touch models don't have Touch ID. For what it does right now, they have just as much use as iPhones do. Plus when you flood the market with a feature you made, it makes getting developers to support it much easier. That's not the case now for Touch ID, but if the plan is to open it up in the SDK for iOS 8, that means another however-many million iPads and iPod touches that get sold in a year to support new functions.

Giuly
Sep 19, 2013, 12:53 AM
The iPad may have a sapphire home button, but will it have a sensor underneath it?

macs4nw
Sep 19, 2013, 05:35 AM
You think? Touch ID will hit every product eventually.

Makes total sense, but those expecting it on the next iPads, due to hit us in Oct, may be disappointed. Apple is reportedly having a hell of a time securing enough of those sensors to supply the iPhone 5S production lines.

iapplelove
Sep 19, 2013, 07:35 AM
The iPad may have a sapphire home button, but will it have a sensor underneath it?

what would be the point of changing the home button to sapphire and not utilizing touch id?

Giuly
Sep 19, 2013, 08:28 AM
It looks better.

Carlanga
Sep 19, 2013, 11:02 AM
there is multi-user support.

nope

Carlanga
Sep 19, 2013, 11:14 AM
The article says "iPads". Both the iPad 5 and mini 2 will get the fingerprint sensor!

It must be true then!

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Let me guess, this year's new iPad mini will have a retina screen but no Touch ID, which they will put in the next year's update to differentiate it form this year's. :/

IMO, I think it will have neither of them.

Spacial
Sep 19, 2013, 08:07 PM
Seems like a no brainer for Apple to have a top of the line iPhone (5s) and iPad(9.7") both with the fingerprint sensor right now for corporate clients(as well as obviously for the consumer market). Let the iPad Mini and iPhone 5c be the less expensive/not as secure/not as profitable/not as powerful devices.

Can't wait for a new Mini! My iPad 2 days are done!(nothing wrong with it, just feels like holding a brick now after using the g/f's Mini constantly).

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A little? What the f...
Dude the future is here man! If people can't see the huge potential for this in the next 1-2 years you are so blind. :confused:

I could see this being huge for parents who want to control the amount of time their kids use on the iPad. I know of a coworker who's kid is addicted to Minecraft and he's only like 7 or 8. Not literally addicted but plays it probably too much.

Businesses that use an iPad instead of a big clunky cash register can now not be worried about having a $500+ device sitting on the counter. Want it? Go for it and steal it, you won't be able to use it.

Minor convenience of not having to click home screen and then swipe. Now just put finger on home button. I bet after using the fingerprint sensor to unlock going back to the old way will feel so wrong and slow(yes, probably only a 1/4-1/2 second slower but still add that up over couple years).

It's only a phone. No more, no less.

macs4nw
Sep 20, 2013, 05:19 AM
And we'll all wonder how we ever got along without it. (I cringe every time I have to charge my iPad 3 -- the last dock connector device I own. Counting down the days to when I can buy an iPad 5 and be all Lightning all the time. If it has a fingerprint sensor then double bonus).

So true, yet I remember at the time there was so much bitchin' 'n whining going on about the change from 30pin to Lightning: "how dare Apple, we've only had this standard for 8 or nine years", "Apple doesn't care about their customers", "now we all have to go out and buy new cables and accessories", blah, blah, blah, on and on…..

pmz
Sep 20, 2013, 01:13 PM
Makes total sense, but those expecting it on the next iPads, due to hit us in Oct, may be disappointed. Apple is reportedly having a hell of a time securing enough of those sensors to supply the iPhone 5S production lines.

I still think it will be a feature of the iPad 5.

Not the mini though, not this year. Too much added cost.