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iPad Air 2: Huge leak reveals everything there is to know about Apple’s next tablet

Published Oct 6th, 2014 1:14PM EDT
iPad Air 2 Design, Specs and Features

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Apple is expected to unveil new iPad models and new Macs at its upcoming October media event, and The Michael Report claims to have obtained the first images showing the upcoming iPad Air 2 model, as well as details about the sixth iPad’s hardware.

FROM EARLIER: Here comes the iPad Air 2: Major Apple event set for October 16th

According to the report, Apple is already mass-producing the iPad Air 2 ahead of its media event, so the product shouldn’t receive any major changes.

The iPad Air 2 will apparently feature a “fully-laminated display,” just like the iPhone, which means the device will be even thinner than the current iPad Air. The device is supposedly 0.5mm slimmer, with Apple expected to promote it as the thinnest tablet on the market.

Other design changes include a redesigned speaker grille, recessed volume buttons, relocated microphones – from the top of the device next to the back camera module and on the side – and a new color option: gold, as previously rumored. Recent leaks have also suggested the same design changes for the upcoming 9.7-inch iPad.

The quality of the screen is also said to improve, although details aren’t given.

When it comes to hardware, the publication lists several specs mentioned in other iPad Air 2 reports, while providing interesting details about the tablet’s main camera, storage options and Apple Pay. The new iPad Air is supposed to pack an A8 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32/64/128GB versions (a 16GB iPad Air 2 model isn’t going to be available apparently), 8-megapixel rear camera, FaceTime HD front-facing camera, Touch ID fingerprint button with full Apple Pay functionality.

The Michael Report says that a new Retina iPad mini model is also going to be unveiled, and the smaller tablet could still be available in a 16GB version. As for the iPad Pro, it didn’t hear anything about it, despite the numerous rumors mentioning it.

Unfortunately, the actual images the publication obtained have not been published.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.