The next-generation iPad Air, as well as the iPad Mini 3 are said to get released on October 16, which is the Thursday of next week. Countless rumors and leaks have appeared in the online environment for the past few months, and we here at Technology Personalized don’t specialize in that kind of content. However, this time it seems that we have a report that seems to cover pretty much all there is to know about Apple’s upcoming new tablets.
Technology columnist Michael Andrew says he has obtained photos and illustrations of the second-generation iPad Air from sources within Apple. He didn’t make public the pictures, but outlined some of the main features and specs of the upcoming new iPad Air. And here they are:
- The new iPad Air will reportedly sport the Touch ID fingerprint scanner built into the home button
- It will be available in a gold color option, as well.
- The new iPad will sport an 8-megapixel camera instead of the 5-megapixel camera on the first-generation iPad Air.
- The front-facing camera on the new iPad is getting upgraded to FaceTime HD with support for 720p video calling.
- It will run on an Apple A8 processor and will come with 2GB of memory as opposed to the 1GB of memory found in the current iPad
- The 16GB option will be deprecated and only 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage variants will be offered
- Almost identical design to the current iPad Air, but the new tablet will be 0.5mm thinner
- One-row grill speakers rather than the two-row grill on the current iPad Air
- The mute/vibration switch is gone to keep the design super slim and the volume buttons are also more recessed
- Thanks to improvements in manufacturing technique (the manufacturing of the cover glass and Retina LCD as a single unit) the quality of the screens should improve
- The microphones on the iPad Air 2 have been relocated from the top of the iPad Air to next to the back camera modules.
- Apple is also launching Apple Pay for the new iPads
So, as we can see, nothing unexpected – it’s the usual cycle of incremental updates from Apple. However, it’s worth pointing out that the company thinks it can fight against declining sales with a gold color option. The launch event is scheduled for next week, so that’s when we’ll know more for sure.