Updated 12:54 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

iPad 5, iPad Mini 2 Release Date, Specs, Features Update: Tablets Coming in New Colors and to Pack Touch ID?

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myriad of leaked photos of the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 emerged online and hinted that the upcoming Apple tablets will have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and will come in different colors.

Chinese website Pad.Zol published alleged photos of the new iPad Mini 2. The photo showed the gold panel of the device. Apple recently adopted a gold color option for the iPhone 5S that seems to be popular with consumers. The website also showed evidence of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the upcoming tablet.

Meanwhile, Sonny Dickson ran photos of iPad Mini 2 sporting a "space gray" color option. Dickson also revealed photos of the full-fledged iPad 5 featuring the traditional silver panel.

Sonny Dickson became an internet celebrity after his leaks and details on Apple products proved to be accurate.

Rumors claimed that iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 release date will happen on October 15, alongside other Apple products. OS X Mavericks and MacBook Pro 2013 are the products speculated to join the new iPads in the launch.

The October iPad release date coincides with the prediction of KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo who said in his latest note through MacRumors that the next generation of iPad tablets will arrive on the fourth quarter of this year. Kuo further said that full scale mass production of the iPad 5 will commence on the said quarter.

Based on the rumors, the 10-inch iPad 5 will include features like 64-bit A7 processor chip and M7 GPU chip; fingerprint sensor; 5MP rear shooter; and internal storage up to 128GB. All of these features are all housed in a thinner body and slimmer bezel just like iPad Mini.

Meanwhile, the next generation of iPad Mini will retain its 7.9 inches screen display. It will also feature the 64-bit A7 processor and fingerprint sensor like the iPhone 5S. Prices of the iPads are speculated to follow the pricing strategy of their predecessors.

However, Cupertino-based tech giant remained tight-lipped on the details of its iPad tablets.

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