Apple's new tablets snapped again, along with the iPad 5 thinner display assembly

Apple's new tablets snapped again, along with the iPad 5 thinner display assembly
The newest leak claiming to be photos of the upcoming Apple iPad 5 and the smaller iPad mini 2 shows an interesting observation, namely that the iPad mini 2 might not have the fingerprint scanning Touch ID technology, but the good old home button, probably to keep costs at bay.

The larger iPad 5, however, is clearly equipped with one, and the new screen tech inside is allegedly making it thinner and lighter than the current crop. We've seen a new ribbon cable leaked, as well as other pictures of the iPad 5 with the Touch ID feature, so it's very probable it will have one. As for the iPad mini 2, most everything is up in the air with this one, including the presence of higher resolution display, and even availability. October 22 is just in a few days, so not much guesswork left.

Furthermore, the iPad 5's LCD display package has leaked out, too, perhaps the first time we see it out in the open, indicating that all systems are in place for mass production of Apple's venerable tablet. The screen is expected to use just one tube for lighting, making it thinner and lighter, and eventually sport the frugal IGZO display technology, which, given yesterday's rumor about Sharp retooling a whole TV factory to make mobile displays, is not out of the question.

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11 Comments

1. NAWF_SIDE

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Yup......its an ipad....and a ipad jr

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Too bad no retina display for the mini. Or is it?

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

This could give explanation to the iPad mini 2 being thinner, if they use the same type of display as the iPad 5 for the mini. It also gives hope that there will be a Retina display after all.

3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Mini 2 is getting more and more disappointing. First the lack of Retina display and now Touch ID.

4. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I think apple made the mini 2 like this , because they dont want it to eat into the bigger iPad 5 sales

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

How does it make sense to shaft their own product's appeal. If people want a 7-8 incher they aren't going to an iPad to get that fix. They are going to buy another 7-8 inch tablet which is not going to be an iPad. Sure a few die hard idiots will buy the shafted mini, but thats how you bleed market to death. When people are comfortable with your products and don't want to move because they don't like to change, you want to make sure you don't FORCE them to do it. Cause when they go out of your circle and find they like it better in another, they likely won't come back. That is exactly how I left the Apple camp and can't see myself going back at the rate they're continually releasing sub par marketing points.

5. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

does the battery get affected when they make these iPads thinner? cause in my mind i keep on thinking that the battery capacity and size gets shrunk.

8. phonemonkey

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

shrinks in die size and display technology result in better battery efficiency, not to mention batteries are getting better too. I agree with you though I say leave a little heft and make the battery a beast

6. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

pic nmbr 2 ..... ipad with old home button

9. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

So what are the actual upgrades for the Ipad mini 2? Faster chip? Thinner?

10. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

It gives you way more sex appeal at a hipster convention!

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