Images apparently reveal next-gen iPad mini in gold with fingerprint scanner

Whether you love it or loathe it – or you just want to copy it – it seems that Apple’s new gold iPhone 5s has been a hit with consumers. Availability of all three colour variants of the flagship handset have been constrained, but by many accounts, the gold version was the first to sell out at many stores.

But what good is a gold iPhone if you don’t have an iPad to match it? For those hoping that Apple will also strike gold with its iPad line, it looks like there may be cause to celebrate, as China’s ZOL has got its hands on images purporting to show a new iPad mini in its finest bling.

If accurate – and let's not dismiss the possibility that these are just Photoshopped – the pics show the device sporting a similar gold and white colour scheme to the iPhone 5s, but what’s particularly interesting is that they show the new iPad mini with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, contradicting some earlier reports that the next iPads would not incorporate that feature.

The new iPad mini is believed to feature a greatly improved Retina display, finally addressing criticisms of the current model’s 7.9-inch screen, with its XGA (1024x768) resolution.

Apple is expected to announce the new mini next month alongside a new version of its bigger brother, the 9.7-inch iPad.

Source: ZOL via BGR | Images via ZOL

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Waiting for gold covered Galaxy Tab in 3..2..1..

But.... no idea what Apple is thinking. But again... the 'golden' iPhone sold out in days.
Just showing Apple users have no taste... :-P <ducks...>

When the Apple fashion accessories aren't yelling "STEAL ME" loud enough anymore, make them in gold.

If you don't want your tablet stolen, get it in pink and cover it in Hello Kitty and My Little Pony stickers.

I remember when all tech was beige and people said the same thing when Apple brought out the colourfull iMacs.

You just have to look at the gaudy ugly phone/tablet covers people use, gold is so much better than all of them. Not tacky at all.

Those iMacs looked terrible. Beige is boring but go with black or silver as they're just more neutral. Gold is gaudy in nearly any form unless it IS actual gold (ring, necklace, etc). That said, everyone has their own tastes and that's just my opinion.

Spicoli said,
people preferred the beige considering the Mac small market share.

Yes, that's the reason for it. That and the fact that users love Windows.

Dot Matrix said,
Tech shouldn't be gold... ever. It's just as idiotic as sporting a popped collar.

Gold is a great conductor, so tech need to be gold for high speed connections.

Dot Matrix said,
Tech shouldn't be gold... ever. It's just as idiotic as sporting a popped collar.

Think about all those poor Sheikhs sitting in their hutments in Arabia. Gold adds a color to their life in desert.

Steve Jobs used to make fun of MS for not having taste and appreciating art. Now Apple makes gaudy gold electronics and iOS7 is making users sick with its ugly icons and visual gimmicks.

Avatar Roku said,
Steve Jobs used to make fun of MS for not having taste and appreciating art. Now Apple makes gaudy gold electronics and iOS7 is making users sick with its ugly icons and visual gimmicks.

Yet the gold iPhone sold out over the weekend.