Apple is set to host an event on October 16 where it is expected to unveil its new iPads and Macs. With less than a week for the event, Apple.club.tw has leaked a bunch of photos that show the TouchID sensor, A8X chip, the front panel, and audio control components of the forthcoming iPad Air 2.
Last year’s iPad Air was powered by an A7 processor, which is the same chip that powered the iPhone 5S. This year’s new iPhones are powered by an A8 processor, and while it would make sense for Apple to use the same chip on the iPad Air 2, the leaked photos suggest otherwise. According to the leaked photo, the forthcoming tablet will be powered by a more powerful A8X chip.
There could be various reasons why Apple is opting for a more powerful processor. Earlier reports have claimed that the iPad Air 2 could boast a higher resolution display that is 30-40 percent sharper than last year. This means the tablet will require more processing power and hence the A8X chipset. Other reports have suggested that the tablet will feature split-screen multitasking feature that too requires more processing chops and is also one of the primary reasons why the tablet will feature 2GB of RAM.
Also seen in the leaked photos is the long-rumored TouchID sensor. This makes the iPad Air 2 the first tablet in the company’s portfolio to boast a fingerprint scanner. The audio control component shows the volume rocker, but also confirms a previous rumor, which claimed that Apple opted out of a mute/screen-rotation lock button to keep the tablet ultra-thin.
In addition to the above photos, from what we know so far, the iPad Air 2 is said to boast a 9.7-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 32/64/128GB versions, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and FaceTime HD front-facing camera. Additionally, there have also been of a new gold variant to match the color parity of Apple’s iPhones.