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New Video Explores Possibility of Touch ID in Fifth-Generation iPad

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A new video that explores the possibility of a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the fifth-generation iPad has been released on YouTube channel Unbox Therapy.

In the video, the purported front panel of the fifth-generation iPad is compared to a home button with a fingerprint sensor removed from the iPhone 5s and a home button removed from a standard iPhone.

The standard home button does not appear to fit inside the casing of the iPad 5, while the smaller home button equipped with a fingerprint sensor does indeed fit. While this is not concrete evidence by any means, it does suggest that the fifth-generation iPad is potentially able to support the Touch ID hardware.

A major caveat, however, is that Apple's fifth-generation iPad is expected to take design cues from the iPad mini. The current iPad mini has a home button that is smaller than the home button found in the iPhone 5, which could also explain the home button sizing differences found in the fourth-generation iPad and the shell of the iPad 5. Apple has implemented home button changes in the past, slightly shrinking the home button size of the iPhone 5 compared to the iPhone 4s.


There has been some prior evidence that the next generation iPads could come equipped with the same fingerprint sensor found in the iPhone 5s. Last week, an image leaked that appeared to show a fully-assembled next generation iPad mini in gold with a fingerprint sensor, though it was unclear whether the image was real or rendered.

Apple is expected to unveil the fifth-generation iPad alongside the second-generation iPad mini at an upcoming media event that could take place in late October. The second-generation iPad mini, which could be in short supply, will come equipped with a Retina screen while the fifth-generation iPad will take on a slimmer iPad mini-style design.

Article Link: New Video Explores Possibility of Touch ID in Fifth-Generation iPad
 

Shane1905

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Finally, First!!!! I wonder if this could lead to multiple profiles on an iPad so other people in the house can use it as their own. Would be fine with 128GB.
 
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neuropsychguy

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The real dilemma is 2nd gen Mini or 5th gen iPad... Either one will be a great first (for me) iPad.
 
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avanpelt

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The amount of time and energy that's expended to produce the content for some of these videos blows my mind. I mean, he's removing home buttons and fingerprint sensors from previous-gen and current-gen hardware to show something that Apple *might* do in the next-gen iPads? That's some serious dedication.
 
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HenryDJP

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Finally, First!!!! I wonder if this could lead to multiple profiles on an iPad so other people in the house can use it as their own. Would be fine with 128GB.

LMAO, the bad thing about being FIRST is as the thread progresses in multiple pages, people tend to go to the last page and skip the other posts. :D
 
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NMBob

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Thick enough?

Will the new iPads be thick enough for the iPhone home button sensor and 8 megapixel camera (another story today)?
 
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Squilly

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If anything, I think they should increase the size of the home button on the iPad.

Side note: The fingerprint sensor on the 5S is even smaller than the standard home button on the iPhone 5?!
 
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Shane1905

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I may have missed this in previous rumours, but does anyone have an idea if the mini 2 will be thicker like the iPad 3 vs 2?
 
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smulji

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Why would anyone think new iPads wouldn't get a fingerprint sensor? Of course they will.

It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. Most likely due to supply constraint (or lack thereof) issues of the Touch ID sensor.
 
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Jetson

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Sensor ID should only be offered as an option.

I don't trust this technology that gathers biometric data. Currently we have no idea or control on what apps do with our data. Apple shows little interest in providing consumers protections against potential data theft, unless someone like Senator Al Franken brings pressure to bear.

We've already seen that some apps would clandestinely transmit contacts and location data to third party sites without users' permission.

We also KNOW that Apple has been sending our data to the NSA.

Sure, Apple assures us that fingerprint data is not stored or sent to the cloud, etc. That and a dollar will buy you a cup of coffee.

I don't want or need a sensor ID.
 
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alexlovesmacs

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Hopefully Apple will release a special version of iOS 7 for iPads supporting multiple users with the fingerprint sensor. *fingers crossed*
 
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troop231

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Finally, First!!!! I wonder if this could lead to multiple profiles on an iPad so other people in the house can use it as their own. Would be fine with 128GB.

I'm sure Apple would rather sell you an iPad for each family member :D
 
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TechEnthu

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definitely a yes imo. :) why would Apple leave a feature that it had bought the entire company for so much by put it exclusively on the iPhone? They gonna use it everywhere.

About time! My iPad 2 can finally rest.

Sadly, some Mac's power button are not circular anymore. :(
 
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DTphonehome

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I don't see why they wouldn't put one in
(Except perhaps that they're having production issues). I would imagine they want to roll them out on the full line of products as soon as possible. I wouldn't be surprised if we see Apple keyboards with built in touch id in the future.
 
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taptic

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At the end of the video, he says "we will wait patiently until Apple announces it." Him and who else? I'm not waiting patiently.
 
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