Apple’s new iPad and iPad Mini 2 might have sapphire crystal home buttons
One of the novelties that Apple’s iPhone 5S brings is a fingerprint sensor that’s embedded into the handset’s home button – which is protected by sapphire crystal.
According to DigiTimes and “Taiwan-based sapphire makers”, Apple could use similar sapphire crystal home buttons for its next-generation iPads (the new 9.7 inch iPad, and the iPad Mini 2). This might mean they’ll both have fingerprint sensors – but we can’t be sure of that for now.
DigiTimes also notes that Apple may also use sapphire crystal to cover the display of its iPhone 6 (or whatever the iPhone released in 2014 will be called).
One of Apple’s problems related to this is that sapphire glass is expensive – as much as 5 times more expensive than other materials that the company could use.
Both the new 9.7 inch iPad and the iPad Mini 2 are expected to be announced next month. They should be available to purchase shortly after that.
The new 9.7 iPad (possibly called iPad 5) should have narrow bezels, thus resembling the iPad Mini rather than the iPad 4. As for the iPad Mini 2, it’s said that this sports a 7.9 inch display with 2048 x 1536 pixels – a more than welcome increase in pixel density compared to the first-generation iPad Mini, which has a 7.9 inch, 1024 x 768 pixels screen.