First alleged iPad 6 (Air 2) dummy design leaks out, Touch ID fingerprint scanner is a go

First alleged iPad 6 (Air 2) dummy design leaks out, Touch ID fingerprint scanner is a go
There are still months before Apple's traditional fall announcements, but its eventual 2014 portfolio has already started leaking hard and fast, commencing with the iPhone 6. So far we've seen many shells, dummies and mockups of the upcoming iPhone(s), but now for the first time we are getting something entirely different - an alleged dummy of this year's iPad Air successor.

Call it iPad Air 2, iPad 6, or whatever suits your fancy, but the dummy unit below is claimed to be an exact representation of what the 2014 iPad will look like, down to the thickness dimensions, and the side buttons. If this leak holds water, the big news is that we are indeed going to see Apple's venerable Touch ID fingerprint scanner make the leap from the iPhone to the iPad line, as its embedded circular home key is clearly visible at the bottom of the device. This has been rumored to happen for a while, including by analysts, who also chimed in claiming that the new iPad will sport Apple's upcoming A8 chipset, too, which isn't hard to believe.

Looking around the sides, we find the volume buttons on their typical place, but the lock key is conspicuously missing, with only a small opening visible in its place there, which might be due simply to the fact that this is a dummy unit. Moreover, there's what looks like a microphone opening next to the camera unit on the back, so subtle changes in design might be in store with the iPad line refresh this year. Besides the upgraded processor, we can only guess what other internals might be new, but one thing is for sure - if this dummy is a veritable representation of the upcoming iPad line, you'll be able to use all the goodies that come standard with the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on Apple's tablets, too.

source: Ortud

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21 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No new iPad for me this year, cool with my mini 2. The mrs gets an air this fall though.

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'm getting the iPad 4 soon. :)

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Get a Air. Almost the exact same price and you get a Rogue GPU.

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'd get the Air. But there's a price gap of almost 10k rupees (about 170 US dollars) between it and the iPad 4. I'd rather buy a 32GB iPad 4 for the price of a 16 gig iPad Air. Plus I don't mind the heft of the iPad 4 compared to the Air and the displays are similar. I'm used to carry heavy gadgets around (L1520 user you see).

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Makes sense. Saving dough never hurts. +1

9. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Why not the Galaxy TabPRO 10.1? it's a better deal.

17. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Jinto no its not . NokiaFTW , but when you think about it , its 170 more but its better in every aspects , lighter , smaller , faster .

19. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I'm getting a MiPad when it comes out :D

20. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Me too. Or New Tegra Note :D

2. sbmessages

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

This is very bad news if true. They have kept the speakers in the same position as the current iPad Air. I sold my iPad Air because I couldn't hold it properly in landscape mode without blocking the lower right hand speaker. They should have put the speakers on the top right and left hand corners. That suits landscape mode. I bought my iPad for music making so my needs mightn't reflect the majority user. However watching any kind of multimedia with sound in landscape mode is a pain on the iPad Air. It's like they designed it for portrait mode primarily. The speaker placement and the measly 1 gig of RAM were the worst features of the iPad Air. Most reviewers blatantly ignored the speaker placement issue in their reviews.

3. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

If speakers are your priority, get an HTC One M8 or lookout for the HTC Nexus 8 which may incorporate BoomSound speakers

5. sbmessages

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

Yes but I need the speakers on a Tablet. For working with music making Apps such as Cubasis, FL Studio Mobile, beat maker 2 etc I need a large screen of a Tablet. As I said though my needs are probably not required for the majority of iPad Air users. Also Android has not developed as a platform for music making Apps. The latency on Android is significantly higher on Android compared to IOS. However things may improve with latency when the new version of Android is released this month. I have no personal preference when it comes to Operating systems. Whatever suits my needs is what I will use.

6. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

The One M8 is a phone the Nexus 8 is a tablet. The rumor is that it will be made by HTC, have front facing speakers and be released at this years Google I/O. Hopefully that clears things up for you.

11. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Dude, Xperia Tablet Z2 has dual front-facing spakers, just saying......and its thin as hell

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But expensive as hell. Not worth the price.

15. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Speaking of speakers, it is good that they have increased the size of the holes because most of the holes on my IPad Air are full of glue from poor craftsmanship

23. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

Lol....Flip the iPad Air the other Landscape direction then the speakers are on top and your hand won't block it. It goes into land scape mode both directions. Lol..

7. kasemapiwat

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

Are the Apple added some more sensors i saw it on the pictures.Is the possible to be LED dedicated sensors?Or else.Actually the size is really fit for me because nowadays the company keep make it bigger

12. ChandlerBing

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Now this tablet looks really familiar. Its the tablet I have dreamed of getting soon.

14. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

It's funny how when apple repeats design, reviewers or writers just pint out the little differences as if there is a difference. When some other company repeats a design it is considered an abomination. Life is a funny place indeed.

22. farhad_per

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Wooow...what revolutionary design..he he.. same old design for 4 years in row..! Another ipet from icrap..

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think that like the Macbook Apple should have an iPad Air for portability and an iPad Pro for productivity. the iPad Pro should have a legit detachable keyboard and a bigger battery.

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