As we close in on Apple’s rumored Oct. 16 iPad event, news of the upcoming refresh has slowly trickled out. But a new report from The Michael Report claims to have all the juicy information heading into Apple’s next big announcement. Many of the details here seem to confirm earlier reports from the past few months, though there’s a small bit at the end that might interest folks.
According to the report, Apple’s iPad Air 2 will be up to 0.5mm thinner than the existing iPad Air thanks to new display manufacturing. We’ve heard this one before, but Apple is allegedly using a fully laminated display, which would combine the cover glass and Retina LCD into a single unit, making the overall screen thinner. This would give Apple the freedom to make an even thinner tablet; one The Michael Report states could be the thinnest on the market.
The overall look of the iPad Air 2 is expected to mirror the existing iPad Air, with some tweaks to the speaker and volume buttons, but beyond that, the design is expected to remain the same—just thinner. However, Apple will reportedly introduce the famous gold color to the equation, matching the palette of its iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus, while also adding Touch ID to play nice with Apple’s upcoming Apple Pay service.
Other changes might include a 128GB option, a bump in RAM to 2GB and the addition of Apple’s upgraded A8 chip. All expected updates, and information we’ve heard in the past. For the most part, it sounds like the iPad Air 2 will simply be a slimmer version of the current iPad Air, but with Touch ID.
The Michael Report also talks about Apple’s alleged iPad Pro, saying he “hasn’t heard anything about it.” So, in other words, the site seems to have no clue as to what Apple has planned for its rumored pro device. We’ve heard that Apple is hard at work on a 12.9-inch iPad model, though how it’ll differ from Apple’s existing tablet lineup is unclear. In any case, the device isn’t expected to launch until early next year, and there doesn’t appear to be any further information on what we can expect.
Oct. 16 is just a week and a half away, which means we could see event invites go out any day now. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any further developments over the coming days.