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Today, the Wall Street Journal has come to the rescue establishing there’ll be a Retina iPad mini tomorrow. Thank God for that – otherwise we’d be left in the dark. As for yours truly, I’ve had a great time watching some of the respondents in our non-scientific poll go from the previous ‘no Retina = no buy’ to the newest ‘no Touch ID = no buy’ complaint.

Ming Chi-Kuo’s last-minute predictions have only added fuel to the fire by shooting down the gold colorway and Touch ID upgrades for both new iPads, the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. Of course, not all of this particular analyst’s magic tricks work out as he plans.

For starters, we’ve previously seen high-resolution photographs of purported iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 shells in Space Grey so there could easily be a gold colorway in the pipeline. Let’s also not forget about Chinese sources that have recently leaked out an iPad mini front part with a Touch ID Home button – our strongest indications to date of Apple adopting fingerprint reading as standard across the board.

For doubting Thomas’ out there, here’s another last-minute leak claiming to represent a nearly-assembled iPad mini 2 in gold – and yes, proudly sporting the sophisticated Touch ID thingie…

These images surfaced on a Chinese forum earlier today and have been first picked up and reposted by Steve Hemmerstoffer on his (French) blog NowhereElse.fr.

Here’s a nice Touch ID closeup.

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The level of detail sets this one apart from the seemingly endless sea of fakes.

This isn’t your ordinary leak, that’s for sure.

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It looks just about right, I’d wager.

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That said, I’m unsure about that plastic bar for cellular radios – white feels wrong.

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The Apple logo, the ‘iPad’ moniker and standard certification marks all look legit.

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And why wouldn’t the iPad mini 2 come in gold and include Touch ID?

It was only recently the media laughed away a gold iPhone as a pipedream.

Conversely, gold seems to be the recurring theme for 2013 iOS devices so adopting the White/Gold/Space Grey finishes across the iPhone/iPad lineup wouldn’t just be good for business, but also a prudent move from the marketing standpoint.

On the downside, manufacturing and yield issues could in fact be holding back Touch ID on the new iPads. Acknowledging as much, Kuo speculated that Touch ID components are still being prioritized for the iPhone 5s, thereby limiting fingerprint sensor supplies.

I agree with Kuo that both devices will share the improved 8-megapixel iSight camera on the back, adopt the iPad mini’s thinner/lighter appearance with the skinnier side bezels, feature Apple’s 2,048-by-1,536 pixel resolution Retina display and incorporate the M7 motion coprocessor and the A7X/A7 chip inside the iPad 5/iPad mini 2.

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Image via iPhoneClub.nl.

Watchful readers are aware that past rumors pointed to an iPad mini 2 borrowing the iPad 4’s A6X chip with faster graphics to drive the power-hungry Retina display. This is where I disagree with Kuo: if there’s an A7 processor inside the iPad mini 2, why give the device a 64-bit chip with Secure Enclave unless there’s Touch ID in the cards?

And don’t forget that in the vast majority of cases, analysts are just plain wrong.

Kuo, for example, incorrectly called for a Retina MacBook Pro refresh at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference back in June – now AllThingsD assures us Retina-fied Pros are coming tomorrow.

For a more realistic outlook of tomorrow’s agenda, check out iDB’s iPad event roundup.

  • Alex Marwaha

    Seems legit…. Just kidding there are Chinese letters all over the pictures.

    • illK†Δ

      Umm iPhones are made in China, along with every other apple product. That’s probably why all of the other leaked pics come from china 🙂

      • Lance Baker

        Just to clarify, not all Apple products are made in China.

      • Sam Khan

        Anymore*

      • ongxa

        Yeah all iphone are made in America for $50,000.00 each
        we don’t need china 10cent a hours we pay $50.00 a hours to make Iphone here .we need a job here.
        your iphone well be pay off in 15year like your car .

      • Quang

        then what???????

      • Quang

        Apple has one product that is “Designed and assembled in the U.S.”
        Figure that product out yourself!

      • Σαλαη αββας

        The new Mac Pro – we saw it in WWDC 2013 –

  • chumawumba

    Can’t wait until tomorrow!

  • Modest

    Damn. Looks so freaking beautiful!

  • CA$H

    Would probably cost like $430 if it had retina

    • Greg

      maybe for 64 gb but for 32 it’s gotta cost around $330-350

  • jocastro

    looks legit to me

  • ReanimationXP

    We’ve already seen this article twice. On this site. It’s real. Duh.

  • illK†Δ

    I don’t know if the pictures are of the actual device, but it’s a very accurate concept if not

  • Question

    I believe in every romour now because before the 5 was about to come out there were leaked parts and it did look like what was “romour” and the 5s too. I know for a fact that’s how the ipad is going to look

    • therealjjohnson

      So how about that “fact” you were so sure about?

      • Question

        I was afraid somebody would ask that lol

      • therealjjohnson

        Lol I couldn’t resist

  • iBanks

    I don’t think the price will increase for a retina iPad mini. I don’t recall an increase in price once the iPad went retina itself. But I could be wrong.

  • @Christian : Agreed with your feeling about the cellular plastic bar but these pictures looks damn legit… Wait & See…

  • Looks photoshop. If you look closely, the Touch ID button seems to me that it’s out of perspective compared to the iPad Mini.

  • MrSolo816

    If the iPad mini has a retina display and Touch ID I’ll definitely be getting one. The lack of a Retina display was the ONLY reason I didn’t get one on release day.

  • ongxa

    ipad mini 10 1tb gh 10 tb of ram I well not buy it on ios7 ever $1.

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      I say buy a dictionary with that $1 before posting again. I don’t mean any disrespect, did you actually read what you wrote.

  • quitcherbichinn

    retina, space gray, and touch id and i’ll marry it!

    • Quang

      I think you will get your on the launch day.
      Unfortunate for me, I love the gold. May be I have to wait for 2 months to marry one

      • quitcherbichinn

        the mini is awesome…perfect in almost every way and if it gets the retina and touch id it will be perfect…totally worth waiting a little bit after launch for. =)

  • Sam L.

    I think it’s a concept. The 4th picture doesn’t show the white cellular bar on the back but the rest of them have it. Inconsistencies.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    So far this year and many years before Apple’s products have be leaked. About 90% (made up math) of leaks have been legit. I say its legit, and Cereal taste better at night.

  • planetcoalition

    I don’t think it’s legit. Remember how Apple uses a thinner variant of the Myriad Pro font on their devices now (since the 5s)? It’s the bold variant in the pictures.

  • hkgsulphate

    too much gold

  • bn326160

    Maybe only a redesigned home button, but no TouchID.

  • bigtalk

    too much gold..