Kuo: Expect the Apple iPad 5 to launch sans Touch ID and a Retina display on the Apple iPad mini 2

Kuo: Expect the Apple iPad 5 to launch sans Touch ID and a Retina display on the Apple iPad mini 2
Despite pictures indicating otherwise, KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo says that the Apple iPad 5 will not launch with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. A picture that we showed you on Saturday morning that included the next iteration of Apple's 9.7 inch slate, revealed the feature on the tablet. In addition, Kuo, who is said to have inside contacts at Apple, forecasts that the Apple iPad mini 2 will be equipped with a Retina display. That also contradicts information we passed along that basically said that the thinner form factor of the new iPad mini precludes it from sporting the higher resolution display.
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

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1. ijklmnop

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

i bet there will be no retina on mini

12. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I wish you're wrong.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't everyone? But the problem with this guy's analysis is that it is largely speculation based on some evidence. I think the whole lack of iPhone touch IDs was manufactured shortages. It is a very simple part to design and they've had more than enough time now to ramp it up. Aside from that, the Retina issue is still something Apple hinted it was having problems with (may also be a manufactured problem to prevent canabilization) lending more credence to a non-Retina mini.

23. HansGoneInsane unregistered

I dont think so. Apple just boosted the production of the 5S by 75%. Therefore, it sounds logic that touch ID won't be available in necessary numbers for iPads. The iPad mini 2 will feature Retina, I am sure about that. The competition started to offer the feature this year and Apple seems to want to avoid the iPad following the iPhone marketshare. alsoThats why Apple plans to launch a larger iPad next year. I understand the article in the way that the iPad mini 2 will feature the A7 CPU and the iPad 5 the A7X CPU.

25. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Theh converted 5c to 5s factories because barley anyone was buying them.

29. stealthd unregistered

If a few million is "barley anyone"

32. HansGoneInsane unregistered

5s +75%, 5c -33%. That doesn't sound like they converted factories (even though relative figures can't prove a thing)....

21. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Another S hit, different year. Isn't this getting old iClones?

22. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

the day after tomorrow

2. syedzain

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

If retina on iPad Mini.. then Apple my Money is waiting for ur next product.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple please take my money for a mini2...please and thank u.


Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Your wife's money you mean... ;-)

15. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Haha, nice one..

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes actually you're right, she's buying these lol. I bought the phones. +1 lol

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I don't think picture #3 shows the iPad mini 2, but the original iPad mini. All 3 devices in the picture should be space grey, but the iPad mini is obviously less reflective than the other 2 space grey colored devices, which means it's a darker color, which would be black/slate, making it the original iPad mini. Anyways, Retina iPad mini with A7 sounds great and will make me pick one up. I'm glad this analyst brought back some hope into the rumors/speculation.

4. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

And an extra row of icons.

5. Sreddy unregistered

if there is no retina on mini, ill lose my respect for apple.. it would be just dragging too long for what the people want.

26. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Especially after the Nexus 7HD...

7. Yubnub

Posts: 100; Member since: May 23, 2013

iPad 5 for me! Can't wait!

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

on the 8th day::let there be retina,but no cause no 8th day.

9. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I can never see myself spending money on an Ipad or any Android tablet when w8.1 tablets are coming out.

10. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Windows 8.1 already got released. I think they pulled it temporarly because some bugs. I would take a low end windows 8 pro tablet any day over an android/iOS device. I'm trying to hold out until broadwell or skylake to upgrade my tablet.

16. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Only the RT OS was pulled out due to some unexpected error received by some consumer upgrading to W8.1

11. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

8.1 on Rt only. All others can download 8.1

13. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

They should just implement Retinas on their flagship products (iPads and iPhones) as a standard to avoid further fragmentation.

14. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Retina on an iPhone would be a giant leap and the benchmarks will drop significantly xD. But I get your point, it's true, they should do that with the mini and iPad, but with the iPhone, it's screen is too small. It will run the apps, but you barely see the details.

17. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Can't the media wait until Tuesday for the facts? A day ago the mini was not getting the retina display and the iPad 5 had touch ID.

20. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Im sure Im better analyst then this guy Kuo and I predict 1000% sure that Ipad mini wont have retina display with 2048 x 1536 resolution and Ipad 5 will have Touch ID. How the heck can this guy works as analyst with these ridiculous analysts and this inside contacts are total bull.

24. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Has anyone thought about holding the iPad 5 without those side bezels? It might look like a better design, but bezels on tablets are important so your hands aren't on the sides of the screen. All I'm saying.

28. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yep, the bezels on Nexus 7HD are perfect! Also this dude on the plane had an ipad and was watching a movie and it had huge black bars above and below the picture. I mean, it wasn't much more than what I see on the Nexus 7! Interesting...

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