When it comes to leaks of iPad mini 2 hardware, we haven’t exactly been left wanting. Indeed, along with the iPad 5, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to check out components attributed to this year’s mini refresh. While we’ve had enough chances to see the tablet’s rear panel, more recently rumors have been talking about what might be happening around front, with the suggestion that Apple could be giving its new tablets the same Touch ID fingerprint scanner we find in the iPhone 5S. Today we might just get our first evidence confirming that idea, as well as a look at a possible gold version of the iPad mini 2.
The images above and below sure do seem to reflect an iPad mini 2 design with the same metal-ringed home button from the iPhone 5S. While we can’t discount the possibility that this is a well-done fake, it certainly looks plausible enough, and fitting in with those earlier rumors is just the icing on the cake.
Given the popularity the gold iPhone 5S is experiencing, it’s also not entirely surprising to see a gold iPad mini 2 like this, though it’s a little odd that it hadn’t cropped-up earlier; remember, we saw gold iPhone 5S parts going back months and months prior to launch. That has us just the slightest bit concerned that this might not be legit, but even if that ends up being the case, we still have to appreciate the look this gives us as a “what if” scenario. Would you be interested in picking up a gold iPad mini 2, should such an option actually become available?