Newly leaked parts purportedly show next-generation iPad with Touch ID fingerprint sensor

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in iPad edited October 2014
With only days to go before Apple's Oct. 16 event, new photos out of East Asia claim to show components bound for a next-generation iPad, including a logic board, Touch ID hardware and cover glass with incorporated digitizer.


Alleged iPad part photos via Apple.club.tw.


Included among the supposedly leaked parts, posted to Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw on Saturday, is a Touch ID fingerprint reader sporting a gold capacitive ring, hinting at a new iPhone-inspired color option previously rumored in a report from last month.

The length of the flex cable attached to the scanning module suggests the part is bound for something larger than Apple's iPhone lineup, though it is not clear whether that device is a new iPad Air or next-generation iPad mini with Retina display. Many expect Apple to update both tablet sizes with Touch ID capabilities, bringing the products in line with current iPhone models.


Alleged iPad part photos via Apple.club.tw.


Another photo shows what is claimed to be an iPad logic board complete with what looks like an "A8X" chip and micro-SIM card reader. The overall layout is consistent with the logic board found in Apple's current iPad.


Alleged iPad part photos via Apple.club.tw.


Finally, a screen cover looks to be from a 9.7-inch device. Of note, a capacitive touchscreen layer backs the cover, which could mean Apple's next iPad will not feature a laminated screen.

Bonding a device's display structure with its cover glass minimizes reflections and offers deeper colors as evidenced by the iPhone lineup. Aside from iPhone, Apple has employed screen lamination techniques with the most recent iMacs, but the process is more difficult -- and costly -- when applied to touchscreen devices.


Alleged iPad part photos via Apple.club.tw.


Apple is widely expected to launch new iPad models at a special event on Oct. 16. Also anticipated are announcements on the public release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1, expected to feature Apple Pay. Recent rumors claim a refreshed 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display will also debut.
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  • Reply 1 of 34

    I don't think there have been any leaks of a bigger screen, so it looks as though it won't happen until next year.

     

    I weep.

  • Reply 2 of 34
    Could just mean production on the 12" iPad hasnt started yet, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
  • Reply 3 of 34
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TheWhiteFalcon View Post



    Could just mean production on the 12" iPad hasnt started yet, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

     

    Pretty unlikely, though; Apple like to ship either on the day of announcement or a week later, generally.

  • Reply 4 of 34
    Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost View Post

    Pretty unlikely, though; Apple like to ship either on the day of announcement or a week later, generally.

     

    We didn’t see any 6 Plus leaks.

  • Reply 5 of 34
    <span style="line-height:1.4em;">Pretty unlikely, though; Apple like to ship either on the day of announcement or a week later, generally.</span>

    We didn’t see any 6 Plus leaks.

    I thought there was the odd component.
  • Reply 6 of 34
    I thought there was the odd component.

    Rear case and logic board, that was it.

    Apple can announce and say "we're shipping in limited quantities next month", a la iPad Mini Retina.
  • Reply 7 of 34
    I thought there was the odd component.

    Rear case and logic board, that was it.

    Apple can announce and say "we're shipping in limited quantities next month", a la iPad Mini Retina.

    I guess. I don't share your optimism.
  • Reply 8 of 34
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,309member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Benjamin Frost View Post

     

    I don't think there have been any leaks of a bigger screen, so it looks as though it won't happen until next year.

     

    I weep.


     

    There was also ZERO leaks of a bigger iPhone 5 screen too. People were still debating whether Apple was going to even release a 5.5" phone right until the keynote. It was a shock to most people that not only were they releasing it, but they were doing so at the same time. So that means nothing. iPad parts are much easier to keep in check than iPhone parts. 

  • Reply 9 of 34
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    I wonder what some here will say if the new iPads ship with 2GB of RAM. I know for me if they don't it will be no sale. I'll keep my Air and wait for an iPad that Safari doesn't suck on.

    Honestly if Apple is working on a larger iPad I would love to see it include pen support. That's about the only thing Surface has going for it. I'd love to see Apple put a knife through it once and for all.
  • Reply 10 of 34
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    If this cover glass is real I guess that means the display will not be laminated to the glass.
  • Reply 11 of 34
    As someone who grew up on vacuum tubes and transistors, photos like these are pure tech porn to me...
  • Reply 12 of 34
    rogifan wrote: »
    I wonder what some here will say if the new iPads ship with 2GB of RAM. I know for me if they don't it will be no sale. I'll keep my Air and wait for an iPad that Safari doesn't suck on.

    Honestly if Apple is working on a larger iPad I would love to see it include pen support. That's about the only thing Surface has going for it. I'd love to see Apple put a knife through it once and for all.

    I think you mean stylus support. You don't want to be trying to use a ball point, a felt tip, or any other pen on the face of a tablet. So, the Surface promotes a stylus... you can use a stylus of your choice on an iPad without a problem...in fact some much better then what comes with the Surface are available if you really feel that it's necessary. I've never felt I needed a stylus with my iPad, but I'd really love some direction keys on the built-in keyboard.
  • Reply 13 of 34
    I think you mean stylus support. You don't want to be trying to use a ball point, a felt tip, or any other pen on the face of a tablet. So, the Surface promotes a stylus... you can use a stylus of your choice on an iPad without a problem...in fact some much better then what comes with the Surface are available if you really feel that it's necessary. I've never felt I needed a stylus with my iPad, but I'd really love some direction keys on the built-in keyboard.

    Personally, I'd love multiwindow support. I miss that feature from my Surface 2. There are a number of things I do that need two windows open at once.
  • Reply 14 of 34
    rogifan wrote: »
    I wonder what some here will say if the new iPads ship with 2GB of RAM. I know for me if they don't it will be no sale. I'll keep my Air and wait for an iPad that Safari doesn't suck on.

    Honestly if Apple is working on a larger iPad I would love to see it include pen support. That's about the only thing Surface has going for it. I'd love to see Apple put a knife through it once and for all.
    i understand the want for more ram but it should not be the major factor for not getting the device on 1 vs 2gb ram.

    There's 3rd party stylus on the market for ipads.
  • Reply 15 of 34
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    There's 3rd party stylus on the market for ipads.

    Not the same. The iPad needs a digitizer to have the same features of the Surface, Galaxy Note, and other touch devices on the market.
  • Reply 16 of 34
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post



    Not the same. The iPad needs a digitizer to have the same features of the Surface, Galaxy Note, and other touch devices on the market.

     

    You mean it needs a digitiser for lower sales?

     

    Hear, hear for analogue!

     

    ;)

  • Reply 17 of 34
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    I think you mean stylus support. You don't want to be trying to use a ball point, a felt tip, or any other pen on the face of a tablet. So, the Surface promotes a stylus... you can use a stylus of your choice on an iPad without a problem...in fact some much better then what comes with the Surface are available if you really feel that it's necessary. I've never felt I needed a stylus with my iPad, but I'd really love some direction keys on the built-in keyboard.
    Yes I meant stylus. and yes I've used several different kinds with iPad. They're ok but nothing that a digital artist would rely on. IF Apple is working on a larger iPad i hope it has proper stylus support and its something Apple activlty pushes. Keep creative professionals from moving to Surface.
  • Reply 18 of 34
    Originally Posted by Rogifan View Post

    Keep creative professionals from moving to Surface.



    The Surface is doing that just fine.

  • Reply 19 of 34
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    gtr wrote: »
    You mean it needs a digitiser for lower sales?

    Hear, hear for analogue!

    ;)
    Yes, to lower sales of competing product. How does Apple bury Surface before if has any chance of really taking off? Add digitizer support to at least on model of iPad.
  • Reply 20 of 34
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member

    The Surface is doing that just fine.

    No. http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/6/6921769/photoshop-illustrator-touch-features-adobe-microsoft-partnership

    I don't want Microsoft and Adobe to get too cozy. People can ignore/make fun of Surface all they want but Microsoft isn't pulling the plug on it anytime soon. Certainly not as long as iPad sales are flat to negative. If the new iPad is just iPad Air with A8 and Touch ID I don't see the sales trend changing much. On the last earnings call Tim Cook said Apple had "interesting" things planned for iPad. One would assume he didn't mean just a slightly improved iPad Air.
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