Will Apple’s iPad 5 Include a Fingerprint Scanner?

A new video posted online by technology commentator Unbox Therapy examines the possibility that Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next-generation iPad may include a fingerprint scannerApple Insider reports. As demonstrated in the video, the standard iPad 4 home button appears to be too large to fit inside the home button opening on what is ostensibly a front-panel component from the upcoming iPad 5.

However, after removing the fingerprint sensor component from an iPhone 5S, Unbox Therapy shows that the fingerprint scanner fits perfectly inside the home button opening on the iPad 5 front panel. Although Apple fans won’t know for sure until the next-generation iPad is officially unveiled, the compatibility of the iPad 5 home button with the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner component suggests that the iPad 5 will feature the same Touch ID biometric authentication system.

Although Apple has yet to announce an iPad launch date, France’s MacGeneration website recently reported a rumor that Apple will host a “new special event around October 15.” According to MacGeneration’s sources, Apple will introduce a new iPad at this event, as well as a new Haswell-powered iMac, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro.

Multiple iPad 5 component leaks have suggested that the next-generation iPad will borrow many design elements from Apple’s iPad mini, including a slimmer rear casing and narrower bezels. Renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2 would both feature upgraded 8-megapixel rear cameras similar to the camera found on the iPhone 5S.

Kuo also said that Apple will launch the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 before the end of the year. However, other sources have suggested that the iPad mini 2 launch would be delayed until next year due to production constraints with the new Retina display. Here’s how Apple traded over the past five sessions.

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