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iPad 5 Rumors: Device Might Not Have Touch ID Fingerprint Senor and Gold Coloring

Oct 21, 2013 01:19 PM EDT | By Justin Stock

There is a possibility the new iPad 5 will not be made in gold, or have the touch ID fingerprint sensor on its home button, similar to that of the iPhone 5S Michael Nace reported on his blog, the iPhone 5 news blog.

"It's nothing but a big iPhone that I can't make calls on. Of course, this turned out to be false; there are plenty of third-party apps that can give you call functionality," Nace said on his blog.

The latest rumors, which come a day before Apple's invitation only media event Tuesday, state customers might prefer Apple's iPad Mini 2 over the iPad 5 because of its bigger screen, and interest in buying a cheaper machine for $350 rather than the company's latest model for $500 iPhone 5 News Blog reported.

Should the company forgo the gold iPad color option then one can speculate the company likes to market its product in a particular way, and sees the iPad, and iPhone as the same product.

Nace also reports that if the company announces it is removing the fingerprint sensor, then it might mean the company is doing away with the feature all together.

Consumers are also likely to become attached to their iPhone more than their iPad which could be the reason why Apple came out with a gold device.

"Of course, these are my musings, and neither of them speak to the issue of how Apple will deal with sales cannibalization of the iPads," Nace reported on his blog. "To me, giving the iPad 5 the Touch ID would be one way to get more people to take a look at it before going with the cheaper iPad Mini 2. At this point, however, maybe Apple is content with its market share with the iPad and iPad Mini, and the cannibalization isn't really a concern."

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