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Thinner next-gen iPad Air model with Touch ID compared to current version in new video

Zach Epstein
June 25th, 2014 at 3:51 PM
iPad Air 2 Rumors

Late summer and early fall this year are going to be huge for Apple. After months without any new products, the company is expected to launch a flurry of new devices beginning with two completely redesigned iPhone 6 models, one with a 4.7-inch display and one with an even bigger 5.5-inch screen. Also expected are a new 12-inch Retina MacBook Air, a new Apple TV, an iWatch, a refreshed iPad mini and a sixth-generation full-size iPad, currently referred to as the “iPad Air 2.”

Now, a mockup believed to be an accurate representation of Apple’s next-gen iPad Air has been shown on video and compared to the current iPad Air model.

2014 is all about mockups when it comes to Apple’s upcoming device lineup. We’ve seen both unreleased iPhones pop up dozens of times in dummy form, and these models are believed to have been created using actual device schematics that were leaked from Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn.

Following a recent round of leaked images that supposedly showed a next-generation iPad Air dummy unit, YouTube user “tldtoday” has posted a brief video of a similar mockup. Unlike the previous leak, the sixth-generation iPad model is examined at length in the video, and there are a few interesting takeaways.

In comparing the iPad Air 2 to the current iPad Air model, the video reveals that the new model is significantly thinner than the current Air. We can also see that Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner has apparently replaced the old home button on the new model, in line with earlier rumors, and the buttons and speaker covers have been redesigned.

The full video can be seen below.

FROM EARLIER: Next-gen iPad Air with more power reportedly ready for production

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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