Independent reports from CTechCn and 2014 News claim that Touch ID, which debuted last month in the iPhone 5s, will make its way to the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. The new Apple tablets are scheduled to be announced this upcoming Tuesday at Apple’s media event.
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Of course, both sets of photos should not be taken as confirmation, and the authenticity of neither set can be verified. Photos like these are extremely easy to spoof, so their legitimacy is up in the air. With a little bit of research, it’s easy to spot some questionable JPEG artifacts and possible color inaccuracies, especially on the gold model.
The first photo, depicting the iPad mini 2, shows what looks like a gold color option as well as the inclusion of the Touch ID sensor. Besides some color distortion, it appears that the bezel around the iPad may not even be gold, or it is a lighter shade than the color surrounding the Home button. Additionally, whether or not it’s actually feasible for Apple to bring such new technology to the iPad mini is another question altogether. Also, an analyst today claimed that the new iPads will not even come in gold.
The other photos (included below), show the full-sized 9.7″ iPad 5 also sporting the Touch ID sensor, and the space gray color option. Again, it’s not clear whether or not Apple could pull off adding Touch ID to its iPad line and maintain their historically high profit margins. It’s also unclear if the sapphire-crystal Touch ID sensors are even high enough in supply to be viable for devices this year other than the iPhone 5s.
Last but not least, we see the iPad mini 2 pictured again in space gray, but this time without a Touch ID sensor. Reports have indicated that Apple may be planning to ship both an iPad mini 2 with a Retina display and one without. A lower end iPad mini would likely sacrifice the Touch ID sensor to hit a lower price point.