We now know that new iPads are coming one week from today, and we largely know what to expect. One question mark is the TouchID fingerprint sensor as there seem to be equal reports that it will be included, and won’t be included in Apple’s next generation iPads. Today, we have seen our first glimpse of what appears to be the iPad 5 with the TouchID fingerprint sensor. The photo comes from Chinese blog C Technology, and is the first showing the iPad 5 in assembled form. Previous leaks have shown the rear casing, and front cover, but just as separate pieces, and not assembled with the internals. The photo is blurry, but the home button still resembles the TouchID capable home button of the iPhone 5S, which gets rid of the convexity, and white square in favor of a solid single piece, and detection ring.
The photo also shows how much thinner the side panels are expected to be of the iPad 5. A couple weeks ago we saw an iPad mini with a TouchID capable home button, but the images appeared to just be computer renderings. This photo appears to be an actual device, and with the launch of the iPad 5 expected in a couple weeks it would make sense for fully assembled iPads to be in production. It’s still unclear if the iPad mini 2 will gain TouchID, as it would make sense for Apple in terms of feature offerings, but they are trying to limit costs on the mini line.
We will know for sure next week, but this is the first legitimate indication that the iPad 5 will indeed include the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.