iPad Rumors: 8 Megapixel Camera, Touch ID for iPad 5

One rumor had suggested Apple would be holding an iPad event October 15, but I'm starting to doubt that. It almost certainly will happen this fall, but it's not clear when. While the new form factor of the forthcoming iPad 5 is fairly well documented, other details have been sparse. But now AppleInsider is reporting that both the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 will have iPhone-quality 8-megapixel cameras. Citing KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the report says that the cameras will have an updated five-element lens module with larger aperture and possibly the larger 1.5-micron pixels seen in the iPhone 5S. 

In addition, AppleInsider has posted an article and video which suggest that the iPad 5 will have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The evidence comes from comparing the Home Button opening in a leaked iPad 5 front panel with that of an iPhone 5s. The cutout isn't the right size for the Home Button of previous iPads but matches that of the iPhone 5s. One big question, though, is that reports say that Apple's suppliers have been finding it difficult to manufacture the necessary quantity of Touch ID sensors, which has resulted in constraints on iPhone 5s shipments. So it wouldn't quite make sense, in the face of these constraints, to introduce yet another device with Touch ID.

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This is starting to be a familiar story: Apple develops great cutting-edge technologies but has a hard time getting them in the quantities needed for its hugely popular devices. Rumors continue to circulate that the company is having a hard time making the retina display for the iPad mini.

In any case, it will be great news if Apple beefs up the camera in this way. This will further distinguish Apple's iPads from other tablets on the market.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.