Kuo is one of the few Apple analysts I actually follow — the others are complete phoneys. Whilst I think it is stupid for Apple to launch a new big iPad without a fingerprint sensor involved, because of his near-perfect track record regarding device components, I’m inclined to believe what he says.
The other stuff acts as a confirmation of what has been already known. On that note, I’m excited to see this substantially lighter and thinner big iPad in person. Deciding between that and a Retina Mini is going to be tough.