Kuo: Expect the Apple iPad 5 to launch sans Touch ID and a Retina display on the Apple iPad mini 2
Kuo's information suggests that the Retina display, at 2048 x 1536, will add some heft to the new iPad mini 2, which will run on the same A7 processor that powers the Apple iPhone 5s. The larger iPad 5 will weigh in at 500 grams, lighter than its predecessor, and measure 7.5mm thin, thinner than the Apple iPad 4. The camera on the back of the tablet will be 8MP with a larger aperture for better photographs in low light conditions.
While the pictures we've seen show Touch ID for the Apple iPad 5, Kuo's information is that there has been too much demand for the iPhone 5s which includes the Touch ID feature. According to the analyst, this means that there are not enough parts to include it on the iPad 5. Also, Kuo says that there will not be a gold color option for either of the new iPads. The analyst forecasts 10.5 million iPad 5 units and 2.26 million iPad mini 2 models to ship in the fourth calendar quarter.
The two tablets are expected to be unveiled on October 22nd.
source: 9to5Mac via SlahGear