Alleged iPad Air 2 images show Touch ID and no lock button

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Could this be the next generation iPad Air? New pictures showing up on the Japanese online news site ASCII Plus depict what appears to be a mockup of Apple’s forthcoming iPad Air 2, including images of it next to the current iPad Air model.

The images show a tablet that looks around 1mm thinner the current iPad Air, and features the expected addition of Touch ID, which has been the basis of multiple previous rumors.

Why should you take this with a pinch of salt though?

Well, for one thing, as can be seen from the picture below, this iPad Air features no lock switch, which would appear to be a strange design decision for Apple to make. The rumor is that in its efforts to have as few physical buttons as possible on the new iPad Air 2 model, Apple will replace the physical lock switch with a function accessible via the notification center.

In addition, the volume buttons are indented, rather than obviously protruding, in the newer model.

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The pictures show the new iPad Air 2 as featuring indented buttons and no lock switch

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In addition, the iPad Air 2 would appear to be around 1mm thinner than the current model.

Finally, matching up to previous reports this iPad Air 2 mockup features Touch ID.

Finally, matching up to previous reports this iPad Air 2 mockup features Touch ID.

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