First and foremost, we know the tablet will get a complete design overhaul. As revealed all the way back in January, Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will adopt a whole new look that more closely resembles the iPad mini. It will be smaller, narrower and lighter than the fourth-generation iPad, but it will still manage to pack in the same high-definition 9.7-inch Retina display.
Beyond that, we’re likely looking at a slight bump in specs highlighted by a new 64-bit Apple processor, possibly branded A7X.
The biggest question mark is perhaps whether or not the fifth-generation iPad will include Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint scanner from the iPhone 5s. A leaked photo of the iPad 5 that surfaced recently suggests it will indeed have a scanner embedded in the home button, however a number of industry watchers are still unconvinced.
Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is expected to launch soon and it will likely be available in the same sizes and at the same prices as the current iPad. As such, we can expect 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options that cost $499, $599, $699 and $799, respectively with Wi-Fi only. Comparable models with an embedded 3G/4G LTE radio will also be available in each size for a $130 premium. And if Apple stays true to form, its fourth-generation iPad will remain available with 16GB of storage starting at $399.