Apple’s New iPads to be announced as soon as October, May Feature Sapphire Home Button

18 Sep

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Following the release of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, all eyes and attention will undoubtedly be set on the Cupertino giant’s two other highly anticipated products: the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. MacGeneration, a renowned French tech website specializing in covering Apple devices, has recently suggested that the Cupertino company will release two new tablets this year and that its plan is to unveil them in a “special event” on October 15.

No official word, nor invitation, for that matter, has been given, so nothing concrete can be verified at this point. However, considering how the iPad 4 and iPad mini were both unveiled during a similar time frame in 2012–and taking into account the fact that a new iPad has yet to be released for almost a year–an October announcement certainly makes sense as far as Apple’s tradition and strategy go.

The updated iPad 5 is currently anticipated to feature a more powerful A7 chip, 5MP camera, 4G/LTE compatibility, and up to 128GB of storage. The device is also expected to be thinner and lighter due to its use of thin film technology, and could, according to Digitimes, feature a sapphire-based home button (If true, this would mean that the finger print sensor will also be included in the iPad).

For the iPad mini, the rumored specs include: better resolution (2048×1536), A7 or A6 chip, and 1080p HD recording functionality. KGI Securities’ Ming Chi Kuo has suggested earlier that a low cost version of the iPad mini is also in the works, but implied that it won’t be released until 2014.

Alleged pictures of the casings of the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 can be seen at Sonny Dickson’s blog.