By LAJU ARENYEKA
With the iPad 5 set to be unveiled on October 22, Apple lovers all over the world can’t help but wonder what it will look like. Different speculations and leaks, however, hint at a Touch ID fingerprint scanner just like the iPhone 5S, as well as similarities in design with the iPad mini.
Some of such similarities include iPad Mini-like bezel and the inclusion of Apple’s 64-bit A7 chipset. A picture, which recently leaked out of the apple factory in China showing what is alleged to be the iPad 5 equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The image, which appeared via Chinese site CTechCN, is very blurry, however, and cropped to only show the lower portion of the iPad 5. This could very easily be a hoax despite the very logical argument for Apple’s iPad 5 to be equipped with its Touch ID technology. In spite of all this, experts say that the rumour that the iPad 5 will use a Touch ID scanner is quite believable.
The reasons are not farfetched; Apple has invested heavily into the technology and at the same time loves having consistency between its products. It’s also believed Touch ID will take on greater significance in the future with some suggestion remote payment services could be implemented, allowing you to buy more than just iTunes content with the tap of a finger.
The iPad 5, being a flagship product – is likely to feature Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor, TouchID and an updated camera, most likely the one from the iPhone 5S. But the truth remains, we’ll never really know for sure, until it’s out. Till then, let’s keep our fingers crossed!