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Photos of Claimed Gold iPad Mini with Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor Surface

Following the emergence last week of new photos that appeared to show the rear shell of the next-generation iPad mini in Apple's new "Space Gray" color, new photos of an alleged "gold" model with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor have surfaced on Chinese website Zol.com.cn [Google Translate] (via Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]).

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Specifically, the first photo of the device shows the lower half of the device from front, which appears to reveal a metal ring around the home button, much like the recently released iPhone 5s. The second photo from the set shows the tablet from the rear, revealing a gold finish similar to that of the gold iPhone 5s.

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We do, however, have some concerns over the legitimacy of the images, as the staged environment lacking much context could be indicative of these simply being high-quality renderings rather than actual photos. Suspicions are also raised by the fact that this device appears to be fully assembled, which is a far more advanced state than has been seen before, as until now only various part leaks have surfaced.

Apple is expected to unveil its second-generation iPad mini with Retina display and fifth-generation iPad at a media event within the next month or so, although a report from earlier yesterday indicated that the next-generation iPad mini may not ship alongside the new full-size iPad.

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15 months ago

So how long until Samsung start shipping golden coloured devices?


Didn't you hear? - http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/25/gold-samsung-galaxy-s4s/
Rating: 15 Votes
15 months ago
Please be true!
Rating: 13 Votes
15 months ago

Didn't you hear? - http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/25/gold-samsung-galaxy-s4s/


That's embarrassing.
Rating: 13 Votes
15 months ago
Am I the only one who thinks that looks really nice? The Gold is such a subtle shade that it doesn't look tacky at all. It works with the TouchID Sensor golden ring.
Rating: 13 Votes
15 months ago
Man, just received my new iPhone 5s and now this!



Wait. These picture are way too clear, defined, and sharp. They are in no way blurry or near an elevator-these must be fake!
Rating: 12 Votes
15 months ago
Wow that's cool. Surely for full size version as well?
Rating: 8 Votes
15 months ago
Or is it really quite over-blingy?
Rating: 8 Votes
15 months ago
So how long until Samsung start shipping golden coloured devices?
Rating: 7 Votes
15 months ago
I am highly doubtful that they will put touchid on an ipad mini. It doesn't make as much sense to me personally as it does on a phone and also they are trying to keep costs down on the mini and this would go against that. I could however see them making a silver trim ring around the home button just so that the esthetics match the new iPhone while using a standard plastic button without touch sensor. The only way I could see touchid useful on an ipad personally would be if you could log in as a different user depending on whose finger it detects. It would also make the auto-wake from the smart cover a bit awkward,.


Anyway this photo looks photoshopped to me. The shadow on the corner of the ipad on the picture of the back is too dark and if you look at the light reflections on the picture of the front each corner is reflecting light evenly but the ring around the touch sensor has asymmetrical reflection on it
Rating: 6 Votes
15 months ago

5s in hand...iMac Haswell on order...and counting down for iPad5 in October (hopefully!):)


Taxman at my heels, house repossession in progress, electric bill unpaid and utility company threatening to cut me o
Rating: 5 Votes

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