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Old Jun 17, 2014, 10:56 AM   #1
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Alleged 'Perfect Replica' of iPad Air 2 Shows Touch ID, Recessed Volume Buttons, New Speaker Grille




While Apple is widely expected to expand use of its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPad Air and iPad mini later this year, new photos of an alleged "perfect replica" of the second-generation iPad Air shared by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] hint that there may be a few additional changes in store for the device.

The replica, which is making the rounds in China and Japan, unsurprisingly depicts a Touch ID home button for the device, but also shows some tweaks to physical features around the edges of the device, including a new speaker grille with a single row of larger holes on each side of the Lightning port as opposed to the current double row of smaller holes on the iPad.

Another difference lies in the volume buttons which are shown slightly recessed into the edge of the case, compared to the current design that sees buttons protruding slightly from a flush holes machines in the device's shell. Nowhereelse.fr mentions that the mute switch is also missing, although there is a small hole where the feature is usually located. Unfinished protoype and mockup parts sometimes feature these pilot holes to guide machining of the final hole.

Updated iPads are expected to launch later this year, with October being Apple's usual timeframe for such launches over the past couple of years. The latter part of 2014 is expected to be a busy one for Apple, with rumors of launches for the iPhone 6, new iPads, the iWatch, and perhaps some Mac updates such as the company's rumored 12-inch Retina MacBook Air.

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Old Jun 17, 2014, 10:57 AM   #2
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 10:57 AM   #3
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Who cares? We all know everything about iPad Air 2's physical form. Maybe leaks some specs, some geekbench scores.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 10:58 AM   #4
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I like the recessed look!
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 10:59 AM   #5
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Lopsided audio again, count me out. the audio on the ipad mini is terrible.

How hard can it be to have audio from 2 sides of the ipad?? Too hard for that designer at Apple!!
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:00 AM   #6
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This looks sexy, unlike the iPhone 6 mockups.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:01 AM   #7
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probably beats speakers inside?
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:02 AM   #9
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That lightning port looks far from "perfect".
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:02 AM   #10
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When will Apple introduce front facing speakers ?
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:03 AM   #12
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While these features are good-looking, none of this is shocking. Touch-ID and some tweaks to the buttons were expected anyways. Just makes the innards more interesting now - processor/ RAM/ display/ storage options and price. But a lot of these can be revealed only after the product ships and people have had the chance to take apart the device.
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MR really needs to learn to use words other than "alleged" to describe every rumor. Even if the word didn't imply something illegal or undesirable (which it does), it still does not improve with constant repetition. The dictionary is full of words.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:05 AM   #14
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Ugh, I really thought my retina iPad mini with its 64-bit A7 chip would last me years... but with iOS opening up the fingerprint SDK to apps, and password keychain in safari working great across my devices, the thought of never typing a password again is SO tempting. I'm one of those people who have a different password for each site.
Personally, more tempting to me than any other processor, retina display, anything they've ever offered.

Here I am 8 months later ready to upgrade.
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Will it be twice as fast as current model? So the geekbench score could go as high as 4500. Hmm, that will be even faster than the macbook pro 2009 generation...
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:05 AM   #16
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When will Apple introduce front facing speakers ?
Never, Form over Function.
Although they might do that when they put forward facing speakers on iMac.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:05 AM   #17
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Unless there is more RAM and Touch ID based multi user accounts, I'm skipping this generation.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:05 AM   #18
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I wish Apple would stop releasing everything in Q4, it makes buying their products a nightmare and nigh on impossible.

I'm currently in the market to replace my iPad 3, Nexus 5 (with an iPhone) and purchase an iWatch (if and when it's released).

If a Retina iMac was announced I may be tempted to replace my Late 2012 27" iMac also.

Money money money. Ahhhhhhh!
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MR really needs to learn to use words other than "alleged" to describe every rumor. Even if the word didn't imply something illegal or undesirable (which it does), it still does not improve with constant repetition. The dictionary is full of words.
We'll try to mix in a few more purporteds and ostensibles.
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It'll be the most gorgeous tablet on the market
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When will Apple introduce front facing speakers ?
While it would sound great, much better, possibly truer stereo sound... it would look a little ugly and un-Apple like. They like the sleek form factor, and no one wants to see holes in front of the device, even though it may be better audibly.

I would rather they figure out somehow to create better audio with their engineering, somehow trick my ears, with some fancy 3d audio engineering or what not. I don't know what I'm talking about but it sounds good to me.
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No mute button = Siri always on? Hey Siri, mute.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:13 AM   #23
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No mute button is unlikely, but this is a good design replica of what Jony would improve.
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Old Jun 17, 2014, 11:13 AM   #24
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We'll try to mix in a few more purporteds and ostensibles.
Just plain "rumored," "claimed" and "supposed" work too.

A pet peeve. Thanks for listening.
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This is going to be a very busy end-of-year on the hardware front.
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