touch id ipad 5

Now that Apple has launched its long-rumored fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5s, the next big question is: when will it make it into the iPad? A recent leak indicates we may see it in the new iPad mini this year, but what about the iPad 5?

While there’s no way to concretely answer this question until Apple unveils the tablet, a new video hit the web yesterday that aims to provide some insight. Apparently the 5s’ Touch ID Home button fits perfectly in a front panel for an iPad 5…

Here’s the clip from the YouTube channel UnboxTherapy, which has already shown us a few iPad 5 parts:

Again, this is no way serves as definitive proof that the larger iPad will be getting Touch ID this year. It’s possible that in trying to make the tablet smaller and lighter, Apple had to rework the button to accommodate some internal changes.

Also remember that these fingerprint sensors are really hard to mass produce, and it’s believed that poor manufacturing yields is a big reason why the 5s has been in such short supply. So it’s hard to imagine them coming to the new iPads.

But if we believe for a moment that there’s some truth to these part leaks, and the iPad and iPad mini are really getting Touch ID this fall, then things get really interesting: multiple user logins, custom profiles—some huge potential here.

Hopefully we’ll find out more later this month, as Apple is expected to hold an iPad event on October 15.

  • Jonathan

    whoa.. my adrenaline kicked in when I read the title..

  • Plistumichu

    It makes 100% sense. Now there is no reason to build a device with a 32-bit processor. And it makes no sense to build a 64-bit processor device with lack of features.
    Nice move apple.
    Are you worried Samsung?

  • A. Santillan

    Is the mini still going to be $350 ???

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I never realized there was a difference with the size of the “Home” buttons between iPhones and iPads to begin with.

  • AMB_07

    I can live without that touch-id button, if it’s not included it won’t be much of a loss.

    • The New Millenium (Y2J)

      Yeah, It’s a pretty nice feature, but not a make-or-break for me.

  • Apanizo2

    Great now apple can put touch IF on everything new and call it “revolutionary”

    • fffinch

      If everyone follows apple and implements the same idea and it basically becomes a new standard then it actually is revolutionary. Yes they weren’t first, but they would have set it in motion.

      • Saeed Ghattas

        They weren’t first but just like apple always does, apple did it just like it should be done!

  • @sexyhamthing

    i dont want touch ID on my tablet, unless apple include user profiles…. other than that its just a pain in the ass