Trio of photos leak, showing the rear of the Apple iPad Air 2

Trio of photos leak, showing the rear of the Apple iPad Air 2
Out of China on Sunday, comes a trio of pictures that allegedly show the shell for the Apple iPad Air 2. The speaker grille for the tablet, spotted on the bottom of the shell, would seem to put the kibosh on any rumors that Apple will employ front-facing speakers on the tablet. You might note that instead of the double row of speaker holes found in the Apple iPad Air, the sequel will have just one row, hinting at a thinner tablet.

The Apple iPad Air 2 is expected to include the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, embedded in the home button. An earlier leak back in June, showed the bottom portion of the front of the tablet, which revealed the unmistakable Touch ID button. Additionally, the Apple A8 processor is expected to be running the show.

The Apple iPad Air 2 has been in the long shadow cast by the Apple iPhone 6 and the rumored 5.5 inch Apple iPhone phablet. The slate is expected to start mass production next month, along with the phablet and the Apple iPad mini 3. That means we could see the Apple iPad Air 2, the Apple iPad mini 3 and the 5.5 inch iPhone all enjoy a mid to late October launch.


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source: Elam via NWE (translated)

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52 Comments

1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The A8 better be powerful or Apple will be bashed to death once again for having a low clocked, low core chip.

7. stealthd unregistered

What do you mean "again"? Apple's had top performing processors for a while now. http://www.anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/5http://www.anandtech.com/show/6324/the-iphone-5-performance-preview More cores and higher clock speeds don't guarantee better performance. Apple does more with 2 cores than a lot of other processors do with 4.

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Your comparing an A15 64bit to an A15 32bit. Lmfao I've course it would, it has more pipeline stage and extra memory bandwidth. Just imagine Samsung uses the A64bit version, it would destroy the Apples A7, A8 Cyclone.

13. Sreddy unregistered

lets just keep to just imagine lol

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Apples A57 64bit vs Samsung's Exynos 32bit A15. Wth. That is pathetically cheating. It's like comparing a Arm Cortex A53, A17, vs A57... Lmfao

23. Sreddy unregistered

iphone 5s with A7 and just a with a gig ram out performs most of the smartphone, in benchmarks and real life tests. coming that from soon to be an year old phone.

37. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Negative, it marginally beats the S4 (which was at least 6 months old at that point) in some tests. All of the off screen graphics tests show a marginal difference and the CPU tests are all single/dual core, which favors the larger apple cores. In the multicore 3DMark physics test the iPhones get demolished by an almost 2:1 margin (although Mr. Klug tries to be nice and calls it a bug). Still, it is tragic, for all the fluff around the iPhone and its superior hardware, actual results show it barely beats 6 month old hardware.

32. Mr_Carter2

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Does it matter? Either way, apples processor compares favorably to the competition. It doesn't matter if it was 64 bit or not, it's a powerful processor and there's on getting around that fact

38. sathinator

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

So Apple takes a technological lead 2013 and you're attacking the chip for outperforming an outdated chip design that Samesung still ships in 2014 and you want to claim that it's an unfair performance comparison? LOL.

41. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol using browser JavaScript benchmarks to compare CPUs Quite silly really

42. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Example of what I mean Ocatne 2.0 Chrome: 4929 Javalin: 4106 Puffin: 23590https://imgur.com/a/A80PE Safari has different JavaScript engine so its not comparing just CPU Also JavaScript benchmarks are only single core as well, so it doesn't make use for the extra cores on the 800 E.g. look at the Physics from that review, the 800 does much better than A7

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Do you think Apple cares about being bashed by a bunch of haters, who won't ever buy their stuff anyway? You shoulda deleted this post dude.

11. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Freedom of speech serves the search for truth There’s a long tradition in philosophy claiming that freedom of speech and the equal right of everyone to express himself or herself in public on any possible topic improves the quality of opinions and knowledge. Aswell as to let to know the mindless, brainless people into falling into their BS, nonsense trap. Understand iBoy...?

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yawn.

24. Sreddy unregistered

nah not for truth, not all does that some abuse it like you !! hating, insulting others on their looks when you dont have anything mroe to say..

46. Iodine

Posts: 1470; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The problem with democracy is that it works only in morally and ethically educated society with a goal to profit everyone with their choices. The freedom of speech is that you will discuss the your problem on ony topic objectively with the community and search for general consensus of opinions which MAY lead to truth. Not just, oh this is horrible and anybody who thinks the opposite is a fool without the right to express his opinion so I will verbally attack his opinion even before I will think about that opinion. Such people absolutely break the laws of discussion and they would be excluded from the discussion by voting of other members of discussion. Or here on internet where there is no community moderation option, the meaning of your posts will be simply ignored, or it will be politely shown where they are broken. And about truth, you could be sure to death that it's raining, but when the sun is shining, you don't have truth.

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Is that why iPad sales are declining. Voice of reasons helps. Letting and telling others that Apple products are overpriced and overhyped, aswell as subpar medicore products.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yawn.

27. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Buddy I find your answer lame at best.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yawn.

39. sathinator

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

Apple doesn't sell 'medicore' products. That's Samesung's game. That's why their smartphone sales declined by 19% last quarter. People are tired of Korean knock-offs being sold with early 2013 technology in mid-2014.

2. Saioofi

Posts: 327; Member since: May 23, 2014

Oh s**t the design is still the same.... "innovation"

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

yep still the same

40. sathinator

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

Please explain exactly what is so different and innovative about Samesung's GS3, to GS4, to GS5 designs? The only thing that I can pick is that they seem to get slightly uglier each time. Same goes with their endless, ugly tablet iterations with their increasingly appalling TouchWiz UI.

50. sachouba

Posts: 261; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

At least it is possible to differenciate a S3, a S4 and a S5, which isn't possible between the last iPads and the iPad Air 2. And frankly, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S is more beautiful than any other Samsung tablet...

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Nexus 8 will blow this tablet away.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Surface already blows nexus and iPad....

5. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Hell yeah !

6. stealthd unregistered

Surface just blows. Surface Pro isn't even in the same category.

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Hell, even the xiaomi mi pad blew it away

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