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The iPad Air 2 gets a substantial leak

Rumors by Luke Jones on Monday October 06, 2014.

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It is almost certain that Apple will roll out a new iPad during the month, but details around Cupertino's new slate/s have been thin on the ground. Until now that is, as a major leak has laid bare some of the finer details of the iPad Air 2 and a new iPad Mini, although the much rumoured iPad Pro is still proving elusive.

The Michael Report suggests that the new iPad will sport a "fully-laminated display," which would mimic the screen found on Apple's iPhone. The upshot of that is the new iPad being thinner, 0.5mm so in fact and Cupertino intends to push this fact by marketing the new iPad Air 2 as the world's thinnest tablet.

While the overall design of the new iPad Air 2 will remain the same as the first version there will be some subtle differences. For a start, the speaker grill has been redesigned, the volume buttons recessed, and the microphone will be moved... sexy stuff. Oh, the new iPad will also be available in gold if you want to bling it up further.

What about hardware improvements? Well, the iPad Air 2 will get 2GB of RAM this time out apparently, coupled with the new A8 64-bit processor. Apple is due to get rid of the 16GB storage option as an entry level and will instead offer the new Air in 32/64/128GB versions. There will be an 8 megapixel snapper, perhaps the same module from the iPhone 5s? Elsewhere there will be FaceTime HD, and the Retina Display is also getting a bump, likely to Retina HD. On top of that, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor will make its first appearance on an iPad.

As for the iPad Mini, that is also due to get an upgrade to a new third version of the device. This looks more likely to get a 16GB entry level version, while it will probably pack many of the same specs found on the iPad Air 2, possibly sans Touch ID. Unfortunately, despite it being rumoured extensively, it seems unlikely that Apple will launch an iPad Pro, and if the company does do it then it will certainly arrive as a surprise.

source: The Michael Report

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