iPad mini 2 in Apple Store (Martin Hajek 002)

Joining the guessing game ahead of Apple’s iPad event tomorrow, The Wall Street Journal in a story yesterday evening has corroborated the rumor-mill reporting by throwing its credibility behind the reports calling for a fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad with a thinner and lighter appearance, as well as a second-generation iPad mini with the Retina display.

The iPad 5, the report states, will adopt a new kind of display technology which allows for a much thinner display assembly. Go past the fold for the full reveal…

WSJ writes:

Apple is now readying a revamped iPad Mini with a high-resolution “retina” display. It’s also working on a thinner, lighter version of its standard 9.7-inch iPad, using a thin film instead of the glass found in existing models, based on information from the company’s parts suppliers.

Calling it “the world’s best-selling tablet computer”, WSJ notes that the iPad mini is estimated to account for nearly two of every three iPads sold.

The well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks both new iPads will share the same eight-megapixel iSight camera on the back, with the iPad 5 running the Apple-designed A7X chip, an improved version of the iPhone 5s’s A7 silicon with faster graphics.

The iPad mini, Kuo conjures up, will run the A7 chip  and have the Retina display, like the rumors have predicted, but cautioned the iPad mini 2 will be tough to find at launch time.

As for Touch ID, Kuo doesn’t expect Apple to include the fingerprint sensor, nor a gold color option, in either iPad line this year, because components for these features are reportedly still being prioritized for the iPhone 5s, limiting supplies.

Previous reports speculated Touch ID should be on tap for the full-size iPad.

Apple’s event kicks off at 10am PST tomorrow and we’ll be reporting major developments and tidbits throughout the day. For a comprehensive look at what to expect from the event, check out Cody’s nice roundup.

  • Malay Mody

    “Touch ID should also be on tap for the full size iPad”
    “As for touch ID, Kuo doesn’t expect Apple to include the fingerprint sensor, nor a gold color option, in either line this year.”

    Which is it?

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      Looks like they changed the wording to say “previous reports said…”

    • Al

      Its so much speculation going around.

      As far as which features or internals the iPad will be with or without. At this point… We will have to see at the event.

  • RV

    iPad Mini would have an A7 chip like in 5s? Uhmmm…
    But A7X on iPad 5 will be great for its refresh on its iPad line-up

    • bigtalk

      i could see that

  • Dodgy Debjit

    If there’s no Touch ID or Gold on the new models then bet your life they will release updates with these early next year, screwing anyone who buys now. Just like with the ipad 3.

    • bigtalk

      lol ipad 3 was a big mess but he 4 was perfect

  • bigtalk

    i have my eyes on the mini.. if the specs are right i will sell my ipad 4 and get the mini2..

  • cybersat

    Oh, Yeah! I got to have this new one… even thought I had iPad1&3
    but I don’t know what to do with it.

  • quitcherbichinn

    WSJ sure has a way of stating the obvious.