The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were unleashed on the world just two weeks ago, but Apple is already getting prepared to announce a handful of new products, including an updated iPad Air that will be the thinnest tablet Apple’s ever created.
As next week’s iPad Air event looms on the horizon, the Michael Report claims to have received pictures and illustrations of the new iPads, and have released a full report of the upcoming changes that may include an A8 processor with 2GB of RAM, thinner body, and some small design tweaks.
“Two researchers working for The Michael Report have obtained pictures and illustrations of the new iPads from sources within Apple, and have been able to independently verify both the design and the specifications to be true… Although there are lots of minor design changes, it’s not going to look like it at the first glance. Based on what we’ve seen, the form function of the iPad Air 2 is identical to the current iPad Air’s”
So what’s going to be new on the iPad Air? Design-wise, not too much will reportedly change. The bezels will be the same thickness, the volume buttons are slightly more recessed. The microphone will be moved from the top, to the back next to the rear camera, and there will also be a gold option.
While Apple’s advertising the iPhone 6 as HUGE, the iPad Air 2 will supposedly be touted as one of the thinnest tablets on the market. A new fully-laminated Retina display will allow Apple to shave 0.5mm from its design , but Michael Andrew reports it will lose its Mute/Vibration switch so it can get super-skinny.
Many of the details in Andrew’s report have been echoed earlier in the year by the rumor mill, though this is the first we’ve heard that Apple will ditch the mute switch. There’s also an interesting claim that Apple equip the A8 processor with 2GB of RAM for the iPad Air 2, instead of just the 1GB included with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Other upgrades will allegedly include a new 8MP rear-camera, HD FaceTime camera, and Apple Pay. Apple is expected to announce the new tablets at an event on October 16th, with a launch following shortly after.
Source: The Michael Report.