Apple's iPad User Guide for iOS Confirms iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 With Touch ID [Updated]


macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Apple appears to have mistakenly updated its iPad User Guide for iOS 8 [Direct Link] with screenshots that divulge details on the company's upcoming iPad updates. The screenshots, designed for Apple's iOS 8.1 update to the User Guide, suggest new iPads referred to as the "iPad mini 3" and the "iPad Air 2" are coming tomorrow.

Both tablets are confirmed to have Touch ID support in the guide and the design of the two tablets appears to be largely the same as the existing versions. Rumors have suggested the second-generation iPad Air may be thinner than the original version due to new integrated display, but that is not clear from the screenshots.

The iPad Air 2 has also been rumored to include a design that does away with the mute switch, but a rear-facing screenshot is not available to confirm that particular design change. The new mini will, however, continue to have a mute switch. Information included within the guide suggests the iPad Air 2 will be receiving an improved camera with support for Burst Mode images.

Apple will introduce the next-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini tomorrow, at an event held on its Cupertino campus. Along with Touch ID, the iPad Air is said to be gaining an A8X processor, a new anti-reflective display, and a gold color option. It is unclear if the iPad mini will receive updates beyond Touch ID support as rumors have suggested Apple is aiming to focus on its larger, more popular tablet.

Update 11:45 AM: Apple has reverted the screenshots on the listing to match the currently available iOS 8 version of the guide.

Article Link: Apple's iPad User Guide for iOS Confirms iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 With Touch ID [Updated]


Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
Looks like the side toggle switch remains.
That's for the mini, which was never rumored to lose its switch. Remains to be seen about the Air, as the rear view that would show/label it is curiously missing.


macrumors regular
Sep 13, 2014
LOL... Apple, you have had SO many fails lately with product secrecy, announcements, and buggy software. What is going on there?


macrumors 6502a
Jul 20, 2014
Not keen on the names at all, and Im surprised. If that's the actual names or just a reference for the guide. It could be marketed as 'The new iPad mini' and 'The new iPad Air' but I think that iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 sound very clunky.


macrumors regular
Oct 10, 2014
really apple? I'm still focused on getting my iPhone 6 plus.....
Tim, come back to me when you are able to fulfill the demands of iPhones.
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