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iPad Air 2 details surface ahead of October 16 event

New details regarding the iPad Air 2 have surfaced coming from trusted sources within the Apple manufacturing chain. They have revealed that the iPad Air 2 will be 0.5 mm slimmer than the original iPad Air due to the new display assembly. Considering that the iPad Air was 7.5 mm, this makes the iPad Air 2 to be just 7.0 mm thick.

In order to achieve this, the glass and display have been laminated into a single piece, just like what has been done with the last few iPhone iterations.

The thinness of the new device has caused Apple to remove the mute/vibration button. The volume rocker buttons are going to be more inset too. Companies that have been tasked with making the displays include TPK, GIS, Sharp, Samsung and LG, according to The Michael Report.

Besides that, the speakers have now been placed on a single row grill compared to its predecessor's 2. This in turn has caused the grill to be a bit larger than its current iteration. The microphones have now been repositioned to the right of the camera module and the other to the left side of the tablet.

The cameras themselves are getting a slight upgrade with Apple replacing the 5 MP camera with a new 8 MP camera and the front-facing camera will support 720p FaceTime video calls. As for what's powering the tablet, the Apple A8 chip is the beating heart of the iPad Air 2 complete with 2 GB of RAM. Internal storage options are said to be 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB.

We should be able to expect the device to feature a TouchID fingerprint home button, NFC connectivity to enable Apple Play.

At its upcoming October 16 event, Apple is also expected to showcase the iPad Mini 3 with similar features to its older brother. Expect TouchID and the A8 chipset to be key features of the specifications list. Lastly, Apple is going to talk about its new iMac line-up with higher resolution displays as well as reveal more details about OSX Yosemite.


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