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

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 Appleā€™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.

Related roundups: iPad Air, iPad mini

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13 months ago

Finally, First!!!!

I love it when I'm first in a thread. It turns on my wife so much!

Rating: 18 Votes
13 months ago
How long till we get this on Macs ? :)
Rating: 12 Votes
13 months ago

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 personal data from contacts 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.

You're not required to use it.
Rating: 12 Votes
13 months ago
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.
Rating: 11 Votes
13 months ago
The real dilemma is 2nd gen Mini or 5th gen iPad... Either one will be a great first (for me) iPad.
Rating: 10 Votes
13 months ago
the presence of Touch ID shouldn't come as a huge surprise, right?
Rating: 10 Votes
13 months ago
Love how this guy had to say "Dissect my iPhone 5S... in Gold!" :rolleyes:
Rating: 9 Votes
13 months ago
Why would anyone think new iPads wouldn't get a fingerprint sensor? Of course they will.
Rating: 8 Votes
13 months ago

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
Rating: 8 Votes
13 months ago

You just don't GET IT, do you?

You don't get it apparently. Your fingerprint is nowhere saved. Any data that could in theory be acquired by hacking the iPad cannot be put together to create a full image of your fingerprint. You end up having some data points of your fingerprint. Probably easier for the NSA to just take you out for a drink and take the prints off the glass you are holding in your hands that night.
Rating: 7 Votes

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