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Report: Apple iPad Air 2 will be the thinnest tablet available

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Report: Apple iPad Air 2 will be the thinnest tablet available
A report published on Monday, says that the Apple iPad Air 2 will be the thinnest tablet in the marketplace. That is because Apple is removing the mute/rotation lock switch that has appeared on every iPad since the OG model. That will take .5mm off the slate, making it svelte and bathing suit ready. The Apple iPad Air 2 will also feature more recessed volume buttons, and the microphones have been moved to the back near the camera. One is to the left of the rear snapper, the other to the right of it.

Other changes include the new Apple A8 chip under the hood, and the doubling of RAM to 2GB. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner will be embedded in the home button and Apple Pay will be included. The lack of NFC connectivity means that Apple's mobile payment service is limited to online purchases on the iPad Air 2. The rear camera is getting a bump to 8MP and there is talk of an upgrade on the front-facing shooter as well.

Apple is also rumored to be eliminating the 16GB option, offering 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models. And in addition to Black and Silver, a Gold version will be offered. Apple will be unveiling the Apple iPad Air 2 and the Apple iPad mini 3 on October 16th.

source: TheMichaelReport, via MacDailyNews, RedmondPie

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posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:37 5

2. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


im about to sell my Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to get the new iPad air
its shaping up to be the best year for Apple products since the iPhone 4

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:39 6

4. lighttjedii (banned) (Posts: 24; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


You won't regret it.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:46 6

10. maherk (Posts: 3724; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


How are is the iPhone 6, 6+, and the Apple watch any better than the competition??
Yes the 4 was a device that revolutionized the industry with the 1st HD display and a gorgeous design, where as the new products come with a 3 year old specs and UI features that were found on Android ICS.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:49 7

11. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


ummm okay, explain to the world how a 3 year old dual-core running at 1.4ghz can perform just as well as current quad-core processors clocking at 2.7ghz. maybe we're missing out something

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:59 2

18. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


64-bit?

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:16 2

24. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


64 who???? lol

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:14 7

23. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Well, dual-core running at 1.4ghz can NEVER perform just as well as current quad-core processors clocking at 2.7ghz if they run same things. (let's say Note 4)
Simply dual-core running at 1.4ghz is moving featureless iOS that is same 7 years old, and low specs hardware.
See how when Apple add one new feature to iOS how everything crushes.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:16 6

25. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


a benchmark test is the same for everybody, so ease up on that narcotic

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:29 3

30. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Well, but it still doesn't prove that dual-core running at 1.4ghz can perform just as well as current quad-core processors clocking at 2.7ghz.
Put dual-core running at 1.4ghz on Note 4 to see if it can boot ???LOL
Note 4 are real PC featured , not toy iOS . Plus best tech hardware components.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:17 6

26. maherk (Posts: 3724; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


How about you explain to us the crashes, ui hiccups, and the fact that the 6+ is still playing scaled up 720p games, not 1080 ones.
I will also be waiting for your response regarding all the features iOS "borrowed" from Android ICS, Samsung's Note and gear series, and Android Wear.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:21 2

27. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


about the games resolution go ask developers, it's not Apple fault, first off because the 6 Plus resolution caught the world by surprise so it's no wonder almost every game needs to be scaled up
and about features, let's not talk about how many features Android has borrowed from iOS cuz the list might be longer

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:39 3

34. johnehms09 (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


Sir mistercarter i need to log in just to ask you since when does iphone have widgets? Multiple window? Customizable ui? And so on.. If you mean phone that can text and call obviously a dual core can handle that.. And oh my apple products lag when memory are almost full..how much more in multiple windows..

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:45 1

56. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Actually it would be far shorter. Most android options are even avail on iPhone without a jailbreak. Please name 10 things iOS had before Android.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:28

29. Obie-Wan (Posts: 86; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Well i think u're missing something indeed.

1. U're comparing a 3 year old A57 based dual-core soc to a almost 6 year old A9 based quad-core soc that has been mooded n upgraded to equal A15. So its still nowhere near the performance of any developed A57 Soc(like Apple A8).

2. 2,7 ghz is the max clock speed, not the default clock speed.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:22 3

44. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Optimization is just another way of saying "doesn't do as much". A simple $2.00 solar powered calculator has better performance than an iPhone, doesn't mean it has better hardware or software. It simply doesn't do all the awesome stuff like the item you're comparing it to does. The same can be said about the iPhone compared to the Android OS, iOS 8 simply doesn't do as much as Android.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:43 2

55. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Because iOS doesn't do carp. No real multitasking. Can't use more than one app at a time?, less than full hd display, less pixels, smaller camera, no features to push...while my Note 3 has all kinds of features.

Iphone does last and barely last a day? My phone does 10 times more and still last 2 days on a single charge even with quad core and more ram and more features and full hd.

In fact both the 7 and 6 Plus have worse battery life even with 2012 specs and my phone is from 2013.

Sound like you're being chested and the price went up 100 bucks. My phone has minimum 32GB as entry.

Explain how they dropped 16GB for iPad and not for iPhome. Hmmmm

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 23:19

73. jeezyk112 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jul 2014)


The fact that it's not 3 years old, has nearly triple the number of transistors as a Snapdragon 805, and is 64-bit. But I'm happily going to choose the 805 in the Nexus 6 the second it releases.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 21:10

62. DnB925Art (Posts: 1010; Member since: 23 May 2013)


The iPhone 4 did not have an HD display. In fact it was sub-HD at 960x640. To be HD, it would have to be at least 1280x720.

posted on 07 Oct 2014, 09:42 1

80. HomerS (Posts: 187; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


The Galaxy Tab S is only 6,7mm thick and the new ipad is 7,0 mm, see the difference?

And also the Xperia Z2 Tablet is even thinner with only 6,4mm, so the new ipad is nowhere near the thinnest tablet on the marketplace.

And the screen of the new ipad is no match for the Amoled Screen on the Tab S.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:38 1

3. ojdidit84 (Posts: 458; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


This will be nice as long as there's no sacrifice in battery life. I think all of this focus on thin phones & tablets is going a little overboard. I'll have to see if I'll replace my 1st gen Air with this and give the 1st gen to my lil bro.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:40 1

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 21204; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hook lil bro up

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:39 1

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 21204; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Now this I wanna see

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:43 16

8. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


So many compromises for just a little bit more thinness...

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:34 1

49. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


can't be thinner than the Z2 Tablet. it will probably have #bendgate also.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:50 3

12. dimas (Posts: 2125; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Thin smartphones, thin tablets. Good, make every gadget more brittle. More priority on aesthetic values than internal hardware like battery because holding an 8mm product is too much for weak people. Why do they keep doing this? Oh I know, because yes it's Apple.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:50 6

13. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1104; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


I wonder if it will bend....

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:53 10

15. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Well, Apple is really focusing the iBend feature on the iPhone 6 Plus, this might have the same thing as well.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:00 3

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 21204; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


How many green thumbs would you like, this one and post 16 lol?

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:39 8

35. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I'm not gonna give you any that's for sure.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:51 2

14. tettech (Posts: 69; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)


At what point will Apple stop making their devices thin? I didn't have a problem with the iPad Air's thinness nor the iPhone 5S.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:56 3

16. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Apple is just following the trend, trying to make a thin device but has a below average battery life and bends.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:44

36. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 222; Member since: 08 May 2014)


people are wanting more and more portability without sacrificing screensize so thinness is the way to go, don't worry soon we'll have tablets you can roll up and take with you.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 21:03 1

60. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Tablets are already portable. Making them thinner doesn't make them anymore portable. Less material means less durability for a device that is so portable. Which means more replaces so Apple can make free money of clumbsy people.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 22:14

69. dimas (Posts: 2125; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Good read:

http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/5-dirty-tricks-apple-uses-to-get-you-to-buy-new-iphone/

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:56 7

17. ThePython (Posts: 887; Member since: 08 May 2013)


This thinness craze should just stop, it's getting stupid already...

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:07 2

21. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Sub 7mm to 8mm is more than thin enough. Metal + ultra thin = Drop.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:30 2

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 21204; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Brain + cells = case.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:26 2

46. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Right. But that would no longer be as skinny would it?

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:43

54. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


thats right spend that money bro. where you work at I need a job. lol

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:13 1

22. dorianb (Posts: 595; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


But is it IPS certified?

The Xperia Tablets are thin & IPS certified.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:33

32. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


No it's TFT certified hahaha

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:22 3

28. StanleyG88 (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Behold, the Bendable tablet.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:33

33. Troysyx (Posts: 177; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/7f/7f7115721ee8eed6aa97ba4e9e3eb9277acbe03b4a26666b2a97904ca8712ac6.jpg

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:47 3

38. vikingsfootball09 (Posts: 70; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


so the most recent ipad isnt the thinnest, but will be with the upcoming ipads...then it wont be when another round of new android tablets come out...will be, wont be, will be, wont be...who cares already!!!

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 19:50 2

39. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 213; Member since: 27 May 2014)


Bengate all over again lol

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:10 4

43. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Bendgate, tablet edition (insert fruit logo at the end)

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:31 2

47. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I'm not going to go the way of every other unoriginal nitwit in here that says it'll bend... though I will say that instead of trying to make the thinnest products, they could maybe focus on other things actually important to the consumer like battery life. I think no one in their right mind would sacrifice battery life for a couple millimeters.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:32 1

48. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


So they eliminated the 16GB iPad, why didn't they do the same for the iPhone. Makes no sense whatsoever.

Also.is thin a spec now? The Tab S is the thin one for now. Also has he best display too. Is apple gonna top that?

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:50

57. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Pompous windbag CEO will stand on a stage and tell us how they created an "enchanted" new "Retina Display" that is "leaps and bounds above the competition today"

And viola, we'll believe him

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 21:10 1

63. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I have a Tab S, so I won't believe it.
Wasn't Retina Display HD such a BS name? It's the same display simply finally at 1080 and just past 720.

The only reason my note 3 has a slightly less PPI vs the 6+ is because my display is bigger
If it was 5.5 it would be a match.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 21:23

64. Scott93274 (Posts: 4605; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


For handheld devices, I find the whole obsession of screen resolution to be a bit idiotic. Pictures look good at 1080p on a 55"+ sized TV. Unless they're going to push for mobile phones doubling as VR headsets where the device is right up in your face I just don't see the point. If they want to improve a display, I would rather have a 720p display that has zero reflections making the image crystal clear in daylight than a 1080p + display that I have to huddle over just to read a text message when I go outside on my lunch break.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 21:25

65. Suo.Eno (Posts: 498; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


If Apple can pull this off with 2Gb RAM, hey more power to them and the user base.... but therein lies the problem... do they even really listen to the loyalists and who the hell set up a "go thinner every year" policy at the cost of batt life, durability and risky components' breathability? I've held the og non-Air before and even then to me it's not "heavy" at all for what it's supposed to do design-wise except that I'm that minority who had wondered it could be better with a built in landscape kickstand.

I know enough people moving around with naked iPads who'd complain that they'll get fidgety the second that top center section when in landscape heats up after a generous amount of gaming time involved for example. I myself thought at first that these were just down to petty whining but when asked to hold one in occurrence of the issue I was taken aback. It's not merely uncomfortable, it's in fact at a finger biting level.

I know it's marketing and all that and I'm fully aware that excellent product design has been the iPad's forte, bread and butter so to speak but Apple or not they gotta draw the line somewhere sooner or later.

Another 10 points if true for starting at 32Gb storage, a much welcome move there.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 21:34

66. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Why would they remove the mute switch and recess the buttons? That sounds pretty bad. Hanging out with HTC too much or something Apple?

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 21:48

68. Chuck007 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Current Apple devices are getting way too thin. Won't be surprised if the iPad Air 2 had decreased battery life because of a few shaved off mm.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 22:17

70. a_tumiwa (Posts: 373; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


thinnest ipad, not thinnest tablet!!

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 02:37

82. outcast411 (Posts: 9; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


Does Apple know how to do math anymore? If the the current iPad is 7.5mm and you reduce it by .5mm = 7mm.
Now you have the Samsung Tab s at 6.6mm in the market right...
Can Apple please tell me which one is the Thinnest? I'm just a little confuse when I enter the apple wonderland....

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 22:19 1

71. jsidw (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


Report: your products are thin enough; work on increasing battery life.

posted on 07 Oct 2014, 00:08

76. KeyserSoze (Posts: 139; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


Yes, please make this iTablet paper thin. I would very much love a bendable doorstop. Har har!!!

posted on 07 Oct 2014, 00:34

77. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I won't be happy until they make a tablet so thin that it can slice tomatoes as well as a Ginsu knife.

posted on 07 Oct 2014, 01:28

78. athos07m (Posts: 71; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


If it wasn't for the Del Venue 8 7000 with 6mm thinness, I'd believe this 'report'. Make it thinner than 6mm and it is guaranteed to be bent before packaging...

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