Apple may unveil a gold-colored iPad this month

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It's been a few weeks since the new iPhone 6 models launched, but iPhone fever remains alive and well. Not only are there still lines for the new iPhones at some U.S.-based retail locations, but pre-orders for the iPhone in China have reportedly already topped 2 million.

But there's still a bit of room left in 2014, and Apple is reportedly planning to hold a special media event later this month to announce new iPad models. While iPad sales growth has declined over the past two quarters, Apple's upcoming iPad lineup may help reverse the trend.

The latest news, courtesy of Bloomberg, is that Apple's 9.7-inch iPad model may soon be available in gold.

New versions of the company’s 9.7-inch iPads, anticipated to be unveiled this month, will include gold as a choice of color for the rear metal cover, adding to the silver and gray available for the lighter iPad Air, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of an announcement. That brings the color palette into line with the iPhone 5s, which come with silver or gold backs for models with a white faceplate, and space gray for those with a black front.

Notably, there's no word as to whether or not the iPad Mini might come with a gold option.

Additionally, a number of previous reports have indicated that the second iteration of the iPad Air will include Touch ID functionality. While the first-gen iPad Air sported an admittedly sleek design, it didn't feature any overwhelmingly amazing features to prompt iPad owners to upgrade. The addition of Touch ID, in contrast, is a notable value-add that may very well help spur a huge wave of upgrades and new purchases.

And in a move that will further help to revitalize iPad sales, there are also rumors that Apple may be planning to release an iPad Pro model with a gigantic 12.9-inch display sometime in early 2015.

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