The new iPad mini 2 could come with a fingerprint sensor and Touch ID according to new images that have been published today. The device, strongly rumored to be set for an October release alongside the new iPad 5, was pictured on Weibo (via Sonny Dickson) with what appears to be a Home button with the new Touch ID identification circle around it. Follow up tweets by Dickson have indicated that the iPad mini 2 will ship with Touch ID as well as a 64-bit A7 chip and an M7 co-processor which are the same models found in the iPhone 5S.
However, other rumors have suggested that the iPad mini 2 would actually ship with the same A6 processor that is found in the iPhone 5, and have speculated that an M7 coprocessor is unlikely. In addition, Dickson suggests that the new device would come in Space Gray, Silver and Gold colors, again matching those that are currently being offered in the iPhone 5S.
Touch ID first debuted with the recently released iPhone 5S and allows users to unlock their device with their fingerprint and purchase items such as apps using their Apple ID and fingerprint to authorize the purchase.