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iPad mini 2 images appear to confirm Touch ID and gold option

New images of the iPad mini 2 appear to have leaked online complete with Touch ID home button and gold-coloured elements.

Apple is widely expected to launch the iPad mini 2, alongside the iPad 5, at a special event to be held tonight in California.

Ahead of that event, fresh images have emerged from French website Nowhereelse seemingly showing the iPad mini 2 with some much-debated features.

The above image seems to show the new 7.9-inch tablet with the same Touch ID-equipped home button as the recent iPhone 5S. It’s been questioned whether this feature would make it into the iPad mini 2 owing to production and price constraints.

It’s also been questioned whether Apple would be able to churn out enough gold-coloured components to cover both a gold iPad mini 2 and the still-in-demand gold iPhone 5S. This image appears to suggest that such fears have been unfounded – or at least that Apple is pressing ahead regardless of potentials supply shortages.

Of course, it’s quite possible that these images are of a prototype or even a fake product – that gold rear panel certainly seems a little shinier than the muted gold equivalent of the iPhone 5S. Either way, these pictures are far from confirmation that we’ll be getting a fingerprint-scanning gold iPad mini 2 later on today.

The main area of discussion relating to the iPad mini 2 is whether or not it will feature a Retina display. Again, persistent rumours of supply constraints have led many to believe that there will be no high resolution display in the next compact Apple tablet, but the most recent reputable reports suggest otherwise.

We’ll know for sure from 6pm BST, so tune in to TrustedReviews then.

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