Apple's forthcoming iPad 5 could pack the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, just like iPhone5S.

An image released by a Chinese source, identified as CtechCN, showed the much-anticipated iPad 5 incorporated with Touch ID Fingerprint sensor fitted into the home button, reported Slash Gear.

The image is not very clear and this can just be constituted as a rumor. The Touch ID Fingerprint sensor is used to verify iTunes purchases on iPhone5S as well as for unlocking the handset, becoming very popular among Apple fans.

Apple is expected to unveil the next generation iPad at a media event which is scheduled to take place on 22 October. Its scaled down version, iPad Mini 2, is also speculated to be unveiled. Initial reports had suggested that the tablets would be unveiled along with iPhone5S and iPhone5C in September.

According to reports, iPad 5 will sport a 9.7-inch display powered by the latest A7X 28 nanometer chip manufactured by Samsung and an 8-megapixel camera with a larger aperture which allows users to capture images in low-light conditions.

The Wall Street Journal citing sources reported that iPad 5 will carry the same GF2 film-based touch sensor, which is used in the first-iteration iPad Mini. Apple has incorporated a glass-based G/G touch sensor that is thicker than film-based sensors.

The reports also revealed that the upcoming tablet will sport a single LED light bar for backlight and will pack a battery that will be about 15 to 20 percent smaller than the one in the fourth generation iPad.