iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 rear shell in gold (C Technology 001)

We previously heard October should be for new iPads. As various parts and components are now leaking out from China on a daily basis, it’s fairly safe to assume that next-generation iPads are indeed around the corner. Just recently, we’ve seen leaked iPad 5 schematicsshells and an alleged Touch ID module and now a set of photographs have been posted online seemingly depicting the rear case of both the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2.

Provided these shots are legit, Apple could pull an iPhone 5s and provide both new iPads in gold, in addition to the previously leaked white and space grey finishes…

The photos were first published by Chinese-language C Technology. Looks like our favorite 3D artist Martin Hajek nailed it by calling for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini 2 in gold.

Check out a closeup of the fifth-generation iPad’s back shell.

iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 rear shell in gold (C Technology 003)

The side-by-side comparison top of post shows the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 rear shells while the below shot indicates these parts were obtained from Apple’s supplier ZH. Australian parts leaker Sonny Dickson this weekend published a set of crisp high-resolution photographs of the iPad 5 rear shell – again, indicating the device will adopt the iPad mini’s thin design.

iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 rear shell in gold (C Technology 002)

It’s worth remembering that C Technology previously published the first video of a fully assembled and powered on iPhone 5c running the stock iOS 7 Safari browser, in addition to a few assembly line iPhone 5c shots and iPhone 5s packaging. After Apple formally announced the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the publication’s leaks have proven to be genuine.

Specs-wise, the rumor-mill thinks the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 will pack in Apple’s Retina display, the eight-megapixel iSight camera, the A7X processor and Touch ID fingerprint scanning incorporated into the Home button.

There has been some speculation about the second-generation iPad mini containing an A6X chip. However, as recent leaks have pointed to fingerprint scanning, the A7X processor is more likely because Touch ID requires Apple’s in-house designed 64-bit A7 chip with Secure Enclave.

The Wall Street Journal-owned technology blog, AllThingsD, thinks the big day is due on October 22 (and The Loop‘s Jim Dalrymple concurs) and we’re of course expecting Apple invites to go out real soon.

Who’s looking forward to updated iPads?

  • Alberto M.

    ipad 2 is still running strong.

    • felixtaf

      That means iPad 2 was well built and well optimized…

      • hkgsulphate

        A5 dual core is powerful enough for most users

    • ɑղժɾҽա

      My iPad 3 is too damn slow!

  • J. Rockwell

    The color balance in the pics is so off that there is no way to tell what color that case actually is.

    • 200% agreed…

    • Bob

      Have you been to prison before? Serious question.

      • J. Rockwell

        Syracuse Alum, and now work at a major marketing firm. Congrats on the prejudicial, racist, and stereotypical comment. Good luck with that in the near future.

      • Bob

        Believe it or not, I’m not trying to be racist or stereotypical.

        I have plenty of black friends who I’ve grown up with. You just look like someone who was in a cell with me once a couple years back in NY. I wasn’t sentenced, it was for a few days because of a “violent attack”, some dude stole my Mom’s purse, I got let out on self defence but met someone who looked exactly like you which is why I was wondering. You didn’t actually answer the question btw.

  • Maxim∑

    cant imagine how powerful that A7X will be

    • n00b

      I can.. “twice as fast as previous generation”

  • Bjørn Holm

    I am!! Not getting the gold one though.
    Out with the iPad 3 in with the iPad 5!!
    Yay!! o/

  • Jonathan

    Either Apple has decided to make it an extremely deep ugly gold color, or the color warmth is too high in the camera. Most likely the 2nd.

  • @Christian : “Looks like our favorite 3D artist Martin Hajek nailed it” > Martin would have done it in a way much better way 😉

  • I would maybe trade my iPad 3 in for that… But I don’t know, it depends on what else they upgrade.

  • Daniel Beecham

    For me The Ipad’s Shells in The Photos are not Gold, you can Give that effect playing with Light.

  • Flex

    Apple is garbage at keeping secrets.

  • Keep it real fake with a silver back and a yellow filter…

  • blastingbigairs

    Pure cheese.

  • queen_ir3ne

    Doctored photos, filtered gold. Can’t fool us.

  • chris125

    Better get in line early, cuz you know everyone is going to want a gold one…..

  • Tahir Ahmetovic

    i hate my iPad 3 it lags so hard on iOS 7

    • Andrieux Querido

      Sold mine to get the new one

      • Tahir Ahmetovic

        how much did you get if you dont mind me asking i have the wifi 64gb

      • Andrieux Querido

        Sorry i sold mine in Brazil for $1000

      • Tahir Ahmetovic

        alright thanks