The Apple iPad Air 2, due to be unveiled at a media event later this month, will be the thinnest tablet ever and feature Touch ID fingerprint recognition and a gold colour option.
This news comes from The Michael Report, a technology blog which claims to have seen photographed leaked from internal sources at Apple, showing the upcoming tablet. Although opting not to publish the photographs, the website describes the new iPad in some detail.
“The new iPad Airs will come with a fully-laminated display (this is done by manufacturing the cover glass and Retina LCD as a single unit – something they have done with the iPhone for years),” the website states, adding: “which means that it’ll be quite a bit thinner than the current iPad Air.”
Laminated the screen likes this decreases the gap between the glass front panel and the display itself, bringing your fingers slightly closer to the software; it is claimed the new iPad Air 2 will be 0.5mm thinner than the 7.5mm original Air.
Other minor design changes include removing the mute switch, “with sources from within Apple tellis us that it was a necessary move to achieve the thinner profile,” the website says.
The volume buttons have been redesigned, as has the speaker grill, which now closely resembles that of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
It is also claimed the Air 2 will receive a camera upgrade, now offering 720p HD video calling on the front, and 8-megapixel images on the back, up from 5mp on the original Air. Inside, the iPad Air 2 will be powered by the same A8 chip as used by the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, while RAM will be doubled to 2GB and storage options could start at 32GB (instead of 16GB), and run through the familiar options of 64 and 128GB.
The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, as used by the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, will make its iPad debut on the Air 2, meaning the tablet can be unlocked (and content can be bought from the iTunes Store and App Store) without entering a PIN or password.
Apple is expected to announce the iPad Air 2 - as well as a new iPad mini, new iMacs and new Mac software - at a media event rumoured to take place on either the 16th or 21st of October.