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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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11 weeks ago

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.
Rating: 21 Votes
11 weeks ago
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!!:mad::mad::(
Rating: 15 Votes
11 weeks ago
Looks beautiful. Count me in for one.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 weeks ago
When will Apple introduce front facing speakers ? :mad:
Rating: 6 Votes
11 weeks ago
That lightning port looks far from "perfect".
Rating: 5 Votes
11 weeks ago
Unless there is more RAM and Touch ID based multi user accounts, I'm skipping this generation.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 weeks ago
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. :confused:
Rating: 4 Votes
11 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 weeks ago
probably beats speakers inside?
Rating: 4 Votes
11 weeks ago
This looks sexy, unlike the iPhone 6 mockups.
Rating: 4 Votes

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