Is This Proof of Apple’s Touch ID iPad?
Newly leaked photos — purporting to show Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 — have emerged online from two separate sources, reports 9to5Mac. The images depict two different versions of Apple’s iPad mini 2; one with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and one without. The images show that Apple’s fifth-generation iPad is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor.
The first image was posted on the German-language site 2014 News. The site claimed that the image is a leaked photo of a gold-colored iPad mini 2 with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The report also stated that the iPad mini 2 with Retina display would not be released until 2014. However, it was not clear from the report if the gold-colored iPad mini 2 with Touch ID would be unveiled at Apple’s media event on Tuesday.
If Apple does release a gold-colored iPad mini 2, it would contradict recent predictions made by well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities. Kuo believes that neither of Apple’s new iPads will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor or be available in a gold color option.
The other images were posted on China’s CTech website. One image showed a “family portrait” of the iPhone 5S, the iPad mini 2 without a fingerprint sensor, and the iPad 5 with a fingerprint sensor. CTech also suggested that the first iPad mini 2 that Apple releases will likely not be equipped with a Retina display, since the device won’t be thick enough to incorporate the larger battery that the high-resolution screen would require.
As previously reported by 9to5Mac, developers have discovered some references in the iOS 7 code that suggested that Apple has developed two versions of the iPad mini 2. The lower-end version would be upgraded with an A6 chip but would keep the same display that is found in the current iPad mini model. The other iPad mini 2 may be upgraded with both an A7 chip and a Retina display.
Apple is holding an invitation-only media event in San Francisco this Tuesday where the company is widely expected to unveil a new iPad and iPad mini. Here’s how Apple closed out the trading week on Friday.
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