Apple iPad mini 2: Leaked images show gold version with fingerprint scanner

All that glitters is not gold, but according to pictures leaked by a second hand parts store, it could at the very least be the shining exterior of a new iPad Mini 2.

Following the release of the iPhone 5S in gold (or “Champagne,” as the Cupertino-based company likes to call it), the photos that emerged from Chinese site DoNews (above) suggest that Apple's second-generation reduced form factor tablet will sport the same aureate colour scheme as its smartphone cousin. Significantly, it also appears that the model will be released with Touch ID – the same fingerprint scanner introduced as part of the iPhone 5S.

Whilst it’s possible that the photographs could merely be the result of some well-executed Photoshopping, the pictures that popped up online in the weeks prior to the iPhone 5S and 5C launch were often accurate.

Some Apple fanboys, like frequent leaker Sonny Dickson, have sought to add credibility to the claims. He also tweeted that the iPad mini 2 will sport an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, 1GB of RAM and a M7 motion coprocessor alongside Touch ID.

It seems feasible that the iPad mini 2 will be taking its cues from the iPhone 5S, whose premium colour schemes have generally been well received thus far.

Apple has yet to confirm the date of the tablet's unveiling, but keep checking ITProPortal for up-to-date information on its upcoming release, with speculation so far pointing to an October cloak-pull.

For background reading ahead of the big event, check out our Apple iPad mini review.