Detailed iPad Air 2 Claims Likely Based on Circulating Rumors, Not Genuine Leaked Information

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Apple is expected to hold an event on Thursday, October 16, where it will unveil the second-generation iPad Air, Retina iMacs, and OS X Yosemite. Ahead of that event, The Michael Report claims to have acquired "pictures and illustrations" of the iPad Air 2 from "sources within Apple," although it has opted not to share such evidence publicly.

While the site goes into significant detail about the iPad Air 2, it appears to be largely aggregating existing rumors about the device, adding little new information. Overall, the site claims the iPad Air 2 will have a slightly thinner body, something that has been claimed in previous reports and perhaps enabled by a new integrated display, as shown in early part leaks from April.

Along with its display prediction, The Michael Report details several minor design changes that have previously been seen in an iPad Air 2 dummy unit, which MacRumors also has had on hand for several months, suggesting the site may be basing much of its information off of a replica device rather than actual information.

For example, the site suggests that the second-generation iPad Air 2 will do away with the mute switch to "achieve [a] thinner profile," but that is likely an erroneous conclusion based on the unfinished design of the circulating dummy units rather than a legitimate leak as claimed by the site. On the iPad Air 2 dummy units, there is indeed a hole where the mute switch would normally be located. The Michael Report suggests this may be a microphone, but more likely, it is a pilot hole marking the location for the mute switch. Similar pilot holes have been seen for larger physical features such as SIM card trays in other dummy units and unfinished prototypes.

Recessed volume buttons and pilot hole for mute switch from MacRumors' dummy unit
The mute/vibration switch is completely gone in the new redesign, with sources from within Apple telling us that it was a necessary move to achieve the thinner profile of the new tablets. [...]

The microphones on the iPad Air 2 have been relocated from the top of the iPad Air (where it currently is; within the antenna band) to next to the back camera modules. One of them is to the right of the camera module, the other is to the left -- on the sides of the iPad Air.
Other predictions from The Michael Report include recessed volume buttons, a redesigned speaker grille, and a microphone hole relocated near the rear camera, all design elements that have been previously seen in the iPad Air 2 mockups. When examining the dummy device, MacRumors did notice that the recessed volume buttons and hole for the mute switch had been moved higher on the device than on the original iPad Air, nearly in line with the rear camera. The reason for this design change is unclear.

Echoing other previous rumors, the site's predictions include an upgraded A8 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, support for Touch ID and Apple Pay, and 2 GB of RAM, which has not been confirmed but is a rumored upgrade to support split-screen multitasking.

Many of The Michael Report's predictions are based on previous rumors and are likely to be accurate, but some of the more unsubstantiated claims, like 2 GB of RAM and the lack of a mute switch are somewhat more nebulous.

Another image of the iPad Air 2 mockup with Touch ID

Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6, The Michael Report came out with a similar roundup that it claimed was based on contact with Apple employees, but several of the predictions (seemingly based on rumors circulating at the time) turned out to be wrong, including "a waterproof and dust-proof enhanced sapphire glass screen" and an "iPhone 6L" nomenclature, among other things.

Apple is expected to unveil its second-generation iPad Air on October 16, and it is possible the second-generation Retina iPad mini with support for Touch ID will also debut at that event. Apple is also expected to unveil Retina iMacs and provide a final look at OS X Yosemite before its public launch.

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tekilla

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It basically reads like you've posted this article purely to discredit "The Michael Report" (whatever that is). Seems petty and surprised Macrumors has stooped to name calling.
 

MTL18

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Unless rumours are way off this time, the iPad upgrade will be fairly boring. Still no motivation to replace my well functioning iPad 2.
 

jbachandouris

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Come on Apple, hurry up and take my money! ;)

I'm looking for wireless ac. 2GB of RAM would be nice. An ant-reflective display would be most welcome. Touch ID? Meh.

Once released, I would have to decide between Air 1 or Air 2 as the previous generation will drop in price quickly.
 

bossxii

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Apple Pay (nfc chip) in an iPad? I guess it's fine but don't really see Apple adding this to a device that people are not carrying around with them everyday. Should I say, going shopping with everyday. I guess it just seems weird to me.

Others out there shop with their iPads in tow? Maybe I'm missing out on something lol
 

Rudy69

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The mute/vibration switch is completely gone in the new redesign, with sources from within Apple telling us that it was a necessary move to achieve the thinner profile of the new tablets.
Can't wait to see the first wave of idiots trying to bend their brand new iPads because "Apple is too worried about making thin devices". Most electronics are not meant to be tortured like that
 

WildCowboy

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It basically reads like you've posted this article purely to discredit "The Michael Report" (whatever that is). Seems petty and surprised Macrumors has stooped to name calling.
No name calling here. The report has already gotten widespread attention, and we're simply pointing out that while we think a good portion of the claims are likely to pan out, it doesn't seem to be based on actual information.
 

WildCowboy

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I just want confirmation the 10/16 event is happening on that date.
Re/code has never been wrong on these types of rumors when a specific date is mentioned...you can bet on it.
 

Anim

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Based off the surprise? success of the larger iPhone 6+ outselling the iPhone 6, I hope Apple release a bigger iPad now rather than later. I want to get one for my dad whos eyesight is starting to be a problem on the smaller ebook devices.
 

Raizen.Z09

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Give the Thunderbolt display some love, y'all.
Quoting A"pple stop caring about the pros anymore" from 2013. :D

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The only thing I care about in the article is "2GB of RAM".
 

Anim

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Give the Thunderbolt display some love, y'all.
Quoting A"pple stop caring about the pros anymore" from 2013. :D

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The only thing I care about in the article is "2GB of RAM".
Wasn't their mention of a retina iMac with a 5k display? If so, the upgraded Thunderbolt display should be released too. Can't be too long now, but saying that I already bought a 27" TB display to go with my new mac pro :mad:
 

Traverse

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Like I said in the original thread:

I'm doubtful about this. If an A8X does exist it may be restricted to the iPad "Pro".
 
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