The fingerprint-scanning, Touch ID security that debuted on the iPhone 5s will also tip-up on the iPad 5, a clip of parts purportedly destined for the fifth-gen slate suggests.
Unbox Therapy’s video shows the front panel for the current-edition iPad alongside what we’re assured is the equivalent part for the iPad 5.
Close inspection of the space for the iPad 5’s home button reveals that some kind of change is definitely afoot. Not least because the aperture is too small for the fourth-gen iPad’s home button.
However, when the Touch ID-enabled home button from the iPhone 5s is positioned in the hole, it – rather tellingly – fits very neatly indeed. That indicates there's likely a move towards standardising Touch ID across Apple devices.
Signs of Apple’s plans come amid claims that difficulties with manufacturing Touch ID home buttons are behind ongoing stock shortages of the iPhone 5s.
It’s likely that, as with the iPhone 5s and 5c, the tech giant will initially reserve biometric tech for the top-end iPad 5 and use it to differentiate the more costly tablet from its more affordable, micro-sized running mate.
Leaks from the Apple supply chain indicate that the iPad 5 will also take on some of the look and feel of the iPad mini, with rounder edges and a lighter and thinner design.