Tomorrow Apple is going to announce the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2. For months now speculation about these two devices has been rampant across the Internet, and it shall all come to an end in approximately 24 hours. However, up until the last minute it seems we won’t know 100% sure whether the iPad Mini 2 will or will not sport a high-res Retina Display (just like its bigger sibling).
Over the last few weeks we’ve seen countless reports claiming either variant is the truth, so we’re assuming no one really knows at this point. One thing that is becoming clear, though, is that Apple’s next small tablet will in fact not have a fingerprint sensor like the iPhone 5S.
The iPad 5, on the other hand, will. This can be seen with great clarity in the image above, which is purported to be a ‘family photo’ of the iPhone 5S atop the iPad Mini 2 atop the iPad 5. The phone and the big tablet have the same Home button design, that’s obviously there to accommodate the aforementioned fingerprint sensor, while the iPad Mini 2 comes with a Home button that looks identical to its predecessor’s.
Other than that, the design of these three devices is remarkably similar, as you have undoubtedly noticed. Apple is apparently looking to unify the design for all its mobile devices – and succeeding. As for the Retina Display, CTechCN (the source for the image above) speculates that it will be in the iPad Mini 2. That comes by considering the iPad Mini 2 the iPhone 5C of Apple’s tablet lineup, if you will. And the iPhone 5C does have a Retina Display, yet doesn’t have the fingerprint sensor. So by that logic, the iPad Mini 2 should be similar from these points of view.
This, however, is nothing more than conjecture, so keep that in mind. Sure, it makes sense on a certain level, but that doesn’t mean it has to be true. We’ll know all tomorrow, so stay tuned.