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    iPad Air 2 [RUMORS]



    Consumers hoping for an even thinner version of Apple's flagship tablet may get their wish, as a new set of snapshots appears to show a revised iPad Air display assembly with the LCD and cover glass manufactured as a single unit, much like the company has done for years with the iPhone.

    The assembly shown in the images appears identical to the current-generation iPad Air from the front, but the rear reveals a new connector configuration. Additionally, the LCD appears to be bonded directly to the cover glass, a feature introduced with the iPhone 4, as noted by Dutch blog onemorething.nl

    Chemically bonding the cover glass to the LCD results in a thinner overall assembly as well as enhanced viewing angles. Those who own an iPad and a recent iPhone can see the difference when placing the devices on a flat surface and viewing them from an obtuse angle.





    According to the publication, the photos were sourced from a Chinese display supplier. Samsung is thought to be the primary supplier of display assemblies for the iPad, with Sharp and LG also providing some units.

    Little is known about the next-generation iPad Air, but it is widely assumed that Apple will equip the tablet with their new A8 processor. Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities also expects Apple to bring the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPad and upgrade the tablet's rear camera in advance of a late third quarter debut.








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    New iPad Air with same design, 8MP rear camera, and more efficient A8 chip enters pro



    Apple is reportedly set to begin production of its next-generation iPad Air this month with display components going into mass production in the middle of this month and components such as the processor and camera sensors going into production next month. The design of the sixth-generation full sized iPad will mimic that of the current model and the display resolution will stay at 2048 x 1536, according to ETNews.

    The new iPad Air will sport a more advanced A8 processor, which sources previously noted focuses on efficiency and battery performance for the iPhone (likely for the iPad too):

    Sources also say that Apple has developed a new A8 system-on-a-chip for the next iPhone that focuses on marginal speed improvements rather than core architectural changes, but adds significant performance and efficiency enhancements in order to improve the iPhone’s battery life. With a larger, higher-resolution display combined with the next iPhone’s far thinner body, the A8 chip will be essential to maintaining the seamless, fluid iPhone experience that Apple prides itself on.

    The new rear-camera is expected to move from a 5 megapixel sensor to an 8 megapixel sensor (which would bring the tablet in line with the latest iPhones), and the front camera could make the jump from 1.2 megapixels to 1.5 megapixels. That’s a small jump on paper, but will likely make significant improvements in the quality of FaceTime calls and Photo Booth selfies. The iPhone still beats the iPad in the camera department with its True Tone dual-LED flash, Burst Mode, and Slow-Mo video capture mode, so perhaps Apple will also bring further parity in those areas upon launching the new Air.

    While today’s report does not mention Touch ID, we’re expecting the new Air’s main selling point to be the addition of a fingerprint scanner in the Home button. As Apple launches iOS 8 with new Touch ID APIs for developers, Apple will want to spread the technology across its high-end device lineup.

    On the other sides of the iPad line, Apple is also working on a new iPad mini with similar upgrades as well as a larger model with split-screen app multitasking. We’re expecting at least the new Air and Mini to hit sometime this fall, but the launch timeframe on the larger “Pro” model is not as clear.

    Perhaps indicating that the new iPad Air and Mini models are hitting the marketplace sooner rather than later, the devices are already seeing some significant discounts from big name retailers.





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    Supposed 'iPad Air 2' dummy suggests Apple may have toyed with recessed volume button



    While Apple's next-generation full-sized iPad isn't expected to see a major redesign this year, a new set of dummy models claiming to show the look of 2014 iPad Air feature tweaked volume buttons with a new, recessed design, along with a Touch ID enabled home button.

    The nonfunctioning dummy model shows an indented space for two elongated volume buttons, representing a change from the current iPad Air where the buttons protrude. The mockup was first spotlighted on Tuesday by Nowhereelse.fr.

    Strangely, the dummy device also lacks a mute/orientation lock switch above the volume buttons, and instead has just a small circular hole. To date, all iPad models have featured a toggle switch above the volume controls, just like every iPhone.





    Of course, it's possible that the mockup is a fabrication, or represents a design that Apple tested but ultimately decided not to use. An updated iPad Air is expected to arrive this fall, about one year after the launch of the 2013 model.

    The mockup of a white iPad also shows the same design of a blank home button with silver ring around it found on the white iPhone 5s with Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple is widely expected to bring Touch ID to its iPad lineup later this year, allowing for secure access to its tablets and also potentially opening the door for quick multi-user support or other advanced functions.





    A pair of other minor changes are also portrayed in the mockup. The alleged design has a tiny circular microphone hole next to the camera hole, which would be a change from the elongated microphone hole that is centered atop the current iPad Air.





    And finally, on the bottom of the mockup device, the stereo speaker grille located to the left and right of the Lightning connector space features a single row of circles. The current iPad Air features two rows of smaller circles for its speaker grille.





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    Next-gen iPad Air shown up close in new leaked pic



    We’re starting to get some quality leaks for Apple’s next-generation iPads. Nowhereelse.fr’s Steve Hemmerstoffer on Monday sent out a picture on his Twitter account showing an iPhone 5s sitting on top of what looks like a next-generation iPad Air. Hemmerstoffer didn’t provide many details about the device in his tweet and only writes “Hello iPad 6″ in a caption. The most notable feature in the leaked picture is the silver ring around the device’s home button, which is a surefire indication that it will feature the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that is a linchpin of Apple’s strategy for conquering the world of mobile payments.

    This is the second time in a week that pictures of the next-generation iPad Air have leaked out, although this picture shows the tablet much more up close than the photos we saw last week. The new iPad Air will reportedly have the same display size as the original iPad Air with the exact same resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, or 264 pixels per inch. However, the device will also reportedly be upgraded to include Apple’s next-generation A8 processor and will also feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that will be an upgrade from the first iPad Air’s 5-megapixel camera.







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    New video compares iPad 6 mockup to iPad Air, showing slight design changes and ID



    A new video published by TLDToday closely examines an iPad 6 dummy unit created around rumors and speculation. The video shows off some design changes and the notable addition of a Touch ID ring. At this point in time, there’s no official news on Apple’s plans to include Touch ID with the upcoming second-generation iPad Air, but it would definitely make sense.

    In the video below, the iPad Air is compared to this rumored “iPad 6″ dummy showing very small changes between the two. At first glance, the dummy appears to be thinner than the current generation iPad Air, but as we’ve seen in the past these dummy units aren’t exactly 100 percent accurate…

    The buttons on the dummy unit seem to be slightly recessed, speaker grills are a bit different, and the unit is actually missing a mute/rotation lock switch, but it’s impossible to tell if these are flaws of the mockup or an intentional design that was based off of rumored schematics. At the end of the day there’s not much different to see here, but the video provides a look at the small differences between the mockup and current iPad Air. Apple’s next generation iPad Air is expected to be released later this year.

    Check out the video and image gallery below (click to enlarge). For more mockup comparisons, check out our video/article featuring the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 dummy.














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    Alleged iPad Air 2 images show Touch ID and no lock button



    Could this be the next generation iPad Air? New pictures showing up on the Japanese online news site ASCII Plus depict what appears to be a mockup of Apple’s forthcoming iPad Air 2, including images of it next to the current iPad Air model.

    The images show a tablet that looks around 1mm thinner the current iPad Air, and features the expected addition of Touch ID, which has been the basis of multiple previous rumors.

    Why should you take this with a pinch of salt though?

    Well, for one thing, as can be seen from the picture below, this iPad Air features no lock switch, which would appear to be a strange design decision for Apple to make. The rumor is that in its efforts to have as few physical buttons as possible on the new iPad Air 2 model, Apple will replace the physical lock switch with a function accessible via the notification center.

    In addition, the volume buttons are indented, rather than obviously protruding, in the newer model.



    The pictures show the new iPad Air 2 as featuring indented buttons and no lock switch




    In addition, the iPad Air 2 would appear to be around 1mm thinner than the current model.




    Finally, matching up to previous reports this iPad Air 2 mockup features Touch ID.





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    Photos of purported 'iPad Air 2' chassis detail minor design tweaks



    A trio of photos out of China claim to show the rear shell of Apple's next-generation iPad Air, which looks to feature larger speaker holes, recessed volume control buttons and a repositioned rear-facing microphone.

    Images of the supposed "iPad Air 2" chassis, uploaded to an account on China's Sina Weibo microblogging site this weekend and subsequently spotted by Nowhereelse.fr, detail a part consistent with a non-functional mockup first revealed in June.

    Aside from internal structures like screw anchors and mounting brackets for what will assumedly be the tablet's camera, physical control and sensor component suite, the metal chassis is nearly identical to the dummy model.

    Taking a closer look at the shell reveals the same external recess thought to house the iPad Air's usual pill-shaped volume buttons, making the controls nearly flush with the surrounding structure. Like the mockup, the purported part does not have space for a "mute/orientation lock" toggle switch as seen on current iPad and iPhone models. Instead, a small pinhole is located above the volume buttons, the purpose of which is not yet known.

    Around back, the microphone porthole has been relocated to sit just beside the rear-facing camera, while the Apple logo cutout first seen with the iPad mini with Retina display makes a return. Currently, Apple fills the space with radio-transparent material to ensure on-board communications hardware can suitably transmit and receive Wi-Fi, cellular, GPS and other signals.

    The final design tweak appears to be larger speaker holes arranged in a single row flanking a central Lightning connector port, unlike the current two-row grille design seen on current iPads.

    While not much is known about the next-generation iPad Air, many expect the forthcoming tablet to come with a faster "A8" processor, minor performance increases and the inclusion of Touch ID fingerprint scanning. In April, a batch of photos suggested the future device will feature a bonded display like existing iPhone products, though the claim has gone unsubstantiated.





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    Apple suppliers reportedly start production of next-gen iPad Air with anti-reflective



    Ahead of an expected special event in September, Apple suppliers are supposedly ramping up manufacturing of both 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch iPad models, with the larger version expected to debut as soon as this quarter.

    Citing sources familiar with Apple's supply chain, Bloomberg reports Apple's partner suppliers in Asia have started mass production of the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad, while a new iPad mini version enters early stages of assembly.

    The larger version, thought to be a follow-up to Apple's iPad Air, should see launch by the end of the third quarter or early fourth quarter, sources said. Initial stock may be constrained, however, due to manufacturing issues related to the application of an anti-reflective screen coating, a new feature for Apple's tablet lineup. Previously, iOS device screen treatments have been limited to oleophobic, or fingerprint-resistant, coatings.

    As for the iPad mini, not much was offered in the way of new information aside from claims that the tablet is also entering production and should hit store shelves by the end of the year.

    The next-gen iPads are expected to be a revision of current hardware, with the most notable change being the inclusion of Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Aside from the reported anti-refelective coating, the iPad should get the usual performance upgrades and minor design tweaks consistent with an annual product refresh.

    Most recently, photos of a "leaked" chassis supposedly bound for the "iPad Air 2" showed off recessed volume control buttons and a revamped speaker grille layout.

    While the exact launch dates are unknown, Apple is rumored to be planning a special media event for Sept. 9, which is expected to focus on the next iPhone.





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    Here’s one killer next-gen iPad Air feature no one is talking about



    Apple has started making its 2014 iPad models, Bloomberg has learned, and the company is expected to launch two new tablets in the coming months. While not many details have been shared about the larger 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 model, the publication says that Apple will use a new anti-reflection coating on the tablet, to make the display easier to read.

    Some “manufacturing complications” related to the use of this new anti-reflecting coating are mentioned, although it’s not clear whether they’ll cause any shipping delays.

    People in the know told Bloomberg that Apple will unveil the new iPads at the end of this quarter, or early next quarter. A new 7.9-inch iPad mini version, likely sporting a Retina display, will also enter production, and could be launched by the end of the year.

    The publication has not shared any details about a third iPad model, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro device that appeared in a variety of rumors and reports so far.

    Apple will unveil its next-gen iPhone models on September 9, and launch at least one iPhone 6 version in the following weeks. It’s not clear at this time when Apple’s fall iPad even will take place, though some reports claimed the company has something special prepared for October as well.





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    Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables revealed in new photos



    In what could be the first images of internal components destined for Apple's iPad Air refresh, fresh photos out of the Far East reportedly show a batch of flex cables including easily recognizable antennas for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

    The largest of the purported "iPad Air 2" parts, seen above, appears to consist of multiple flex cables related to the tablet's communications package. More specifically, comparing the component to current iPad Air flex cables, the long central part is likely a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi antenna assembly, while the smaller offshoot on the left could be a GPS antenna.

    According to French language blog iPhonote, the photos come second-hand from an anonymous source with connections to a Shenzhen parts supplier. As such, AppleInsider cannot vouch for the photos' veracity.

    The closeup of the purported GPS antenna (left most photo in gallery below) shows minor tweaks in the metal shielding structure, though the shape of the part remains the same as current design. This jibes with rumors saying that Apple will keep external aesthetics, as well as internal layout, largely the same.

    Today's report also claims to show flex cables for what is thought to be a redesigned microphone connector and an unknown grounded interconnect. Finally, the publication posted a few images of what is believed to be a display assembly bound for the 4.7-inch "iPhone 6," though the photos reveal no new information.











    Rumors relating to the iPad Air 2 have been few and far between, though supposed parts are starting to "leak" out of China. Earlier this month, a report claimed to reveal the tablet's rear shell, highlighting minute changes in design like larger speaker holes and recessed volume buttons. On Wednesday, a rumor claimed Apple is planning to bump onboard RAM to 2GB for the second-gen iPad Air, while leaving the current 1GB of RAM for the next iPad mini with Retina display.

    A launch date is unknown, though Apple could take the opportunity to unveil the device at an expected iPhone launch event on Sept. 9. A more likely debut would be in October, the same month Apple chose to reveal the first iPad Air in 2013.



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