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iPad Air 2 Photos Leak Out to Reveal Touch ID and a Thinner Design

by Jacob Kleinman | October 8, 2014October 8, 2014 7:00 am PDT

The iPad Air 2 has finally leaked out thanks to Vietnamese tech blog, which published over a dozen photos of the rumored Apple tablet on Wednesday morning. The pictures appear to confirm a few new details about the upcoming iPad design, though we can’t guarantee how accurate they really are.

It looks like the new iPad Air will be getting Touch ID. We were expecting to see Apple bring its fingerprint scanning technology to its tablet and now we may have some confirmation. The device is also significantly thinner, and it looks like the mute button may be missing as a result. Of course there’s no guarantee this is the final design, and notes that this isn’t actually a working model.

The device pictured above apparently comes from the same company responsible for the iPhone 6 clones that surfaced ahead of Apple’s official announcement last month. That means this iPad Air 2 dummy is probably based on some pretty reliable information, though it’s likely not as polished as the final device.

A separate report published earlier this week also claimed the iPad Air 2 would offer Touch ID, adding that it will support Apple Pay. The new tablet may also pack the new A8 processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Finally, it could make use of a new display manufacturing process that combines the cover glass and LCD into a single unit for a thinner design.

Apple is expected to announce the iPad Air 2 and an updated Retina iPad mini at an upcoming event allegedly scheduled for Oct 16. We’re still waiting to see if the company will send out invitations, though either way we’re definitely counting on at least two new iPads launching before the end of the year.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...