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

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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82 Comments

2. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 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

4. lighttjedii

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

You won't regret it.

10. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

11. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 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

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

64-bit?

24. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

64 who???? lol

23. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

25. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

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

30. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

26. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

27. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 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

34. johnehms09

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 17, 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..

56. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

29. Obie-Wan

Posts: 112; Member since: May 24, 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.

44. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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

73. jeezyk112

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 04, 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.

62. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

80. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 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.

3. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hook lil bro up

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now this I wanna see

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

49. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

12. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

13. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I wonder if it will bend....

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

35. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

14. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

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