Biggest iPad Air 2 leak yet shows a remarkably thin design, and Touch ID that fits the iPhone 6 concepts

Biggest iPad Air 2 leak yet shows a remarkably thin design, and Touch ID that fits the iPhone 6 concepts
Apple's upcoming iPad Air 2, or whatever they decide to call it, already leaked a few times, but now its chassis is out in full glory, and gets compared with the current king of the iOS tablet range.

At first brush, the biggest difference between the two is the rumored inclusion of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in Apple's tablets for the first time, which is pretty evident in the iPad Air 2 dummy pictured below, and is encircled in the same metallic rim that we saw on the leaked iPhone 6 design pictures today.

There are other subtle and not-so-subtle differences, however, like the speaker grill openings, the volume rocker, or the slide switch disappearance. In addition, the iPad Air 2 features an extra mic opening next to the FaceTime camera at the front, and seems to be even thinner than the already extremely svelte iPad Air

If this leak is any true indication, we might be looking into new records in aluminum craftsmanship for Apple's tablet chassis, and new functionalities brought on by the inclusion of the Touch ID authentication method. If the rumored split-screen multitasking comes with iOS 8 for tablets, too, the iPad Air 2 is shaping up to be one pretty worthy successor to the current Apple tablet crop.

source: Asii.jp via G4Games

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105 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In my opinion Microsoft Surface Pro 3 looks better and is more practical.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

And functionality/performance is 100 000 000 000 000 x better.

21. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Actually the Surfice Pro 3 is less than 5 times faster than the iPad Air in everything i could find.

27. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Actually the Surfice Pro 3 is less than 5 times faster than the iPad Air..." And how you measured that? "...in everything i could find." And how much did you find since iOS apps =/= Windows programs?

37. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 294; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Exactly... surface is confused product impractical for tablet, useless as a laptop...

104. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

The comparison made is against Surface Pro, not Surface. Your comment pretty much ignore the fact that Surface Pro is both a tablet and a notebook-like computer. In contrast, iPad is truly useless as a laptop ... (replacement, I believe this is what you were trying to say), and a rip-off as an entertainment tablet (I can buy the Android tablet at much lower price, at least, I don't have to pay US$100 plus tax for mere 16GByte of NAND Flash storage!)

105. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I have a Surface Pro 3 and I really like it, but it shouldn't really be compared to an Ipad. Anyone who likes Ipads and are used to them would more than likely find the Surface Pro 3 to be too big. I freakin love it though. You don't realize how awesome a kickstand on a tablet is until you have one.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We're not surprised at all, you'd say that. You are notoriously against anything apple after all. Give a more surprising, and shocking post please.

11. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

+1 until the new nexus 10 arrives, apple has no competition.

51. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Even when it does, Android tablets are miserable compared to iPad. Not that I'm fan of Apple, but iOS tablet apps are mostly outstanding and offer great functionaltity, while Android tablet apps are just streched from 5 inch screen with no extra features. And iOS apps themselves are level higher than Android. The only competition for iPad is Surface 3, not in sales, we all know Surface will never sell that good, but its OS, funcionality, hardware and everything make it better than iPad and at least equal.

66. elroy

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

samsung tab s is it competion...read on young man

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

And you are a big Apple Ifanboy. Completely off topic kid, stay on the topic and provide answer's to why he's wrong. if he dislikes Apple, wth is it to you, and why are you burning and being a jelly? O wait, your iFruit company charges you so much for a subpar featureless product, which you are paying the same price for a SP2. Know listen kid, stop causing and looking for trouble. Surely you name does suit your profile and the person you are. And we don't complain if you like young underage 16 years old girls you perv paedophile.

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hey long time arte, where have you been? BTW iPads rock, hands down the best tablet experience and I'm a fandroid.

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I'm cool SEN Busy working 7days aweek, 12 hours aday. How's you? Love Android to. And XDA and Ubuntu CM11 and Resurrection Rom, Siyah Kernels. +1

26. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

After the "Know listen kid" your comment just got so0o dumb..

29. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

You've been here for 2years and your not an observed guy, knowing who is what in here. Dumb? It's the truth, even he admits and said it himself.

41. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Maybe you need to learn how to spell, before you start hurling insult at people, but again you are a typical Android fan.

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He can't even spell pedophile lol, yet he keeps saying it. Dudes an idiot man. +1

81. steedsofwar unregistered

Actually, his is the correct spelling. Your's is wrong.

89. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it's not

49. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That's how I write If I have the time, I will write affulently I'm not here to insult others. That Darkkjedii admits on his guilts. So I'm pointing out he's insecurity. I'm no Android fan, but love Android. There's a difference. Your sick and I'll. He's the one who kicks off and goes off topic, never does he shows he's interested on what others got to say. He's the one who started the flame war, the classic troll.

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If you have time, you should definitely re type post #49. Horrible grammar man, horrible I tell ya. "Your sick and I'll." "I'm not here to insult others. That Darkkjedii admits on his guilts. So I'm pointing out he's insecurity". His insecurities, not he's insecurity. Dude, you gotta do better in your attempts to insult me...please? Insulting me, and coming off like a 6 year old, while doing so makes you look uneducated. My middle aged wife, saggy wife, yatta yatta yatta, camp out this and that. C'mon man, please do better. At least spell correctly.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your acct began 3-13-14, so you haven't been here 2 yrs. oh wait, you have, you're TrollTM. Don't think we don't know that.

34. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Completely off topic sir, as if he is an Apple fanboy is it to you ? I would like to also remind you that people typically aren't hating "subpar featureless products" sir. PS: I didn't know Jedi were so diehard Apple fans.

50. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Read post 8 He started to insult Phonearenauser He went off topic

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It is not because I don't like Apple as a company it is because I more like Microsoft Surface Pro 3 than iPad Air 2.

22. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Which wasn't even released yet...

31. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And ?

36. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Are you implying you don't like it even before it's released ?

82. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Answer is in my comment #69.

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