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

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.

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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.

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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.

Related Roundup: iPad Air 2
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22 months ago
The title of this article is great.
Rating: 21 Votes
22 months ago
You mean rumors can sometimes be false? :eek:
Rating: 8 Votes
22 months ago


No mute button = WTF.


My iPads don't have a mute button. They do have a wonderful lock rotation switch. Mute can be achieved by holding volume down for a second or so. Removing the lock rotation switch would be bad.
Rating: 7 Votes
22 months ago
It'd be interesting if it had recessed buttons and a protruding camera lens. :D
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago
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.
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago

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
Rating: 5 Votes
22 months ago


the site suggests that the second-generation iPad Air 2 will do away with the mute switch to "achieve [a] thinner profile,"


The day Apple sacrifices instant access to mute/rotation lock in favor of making the device thinner is the day I realize Apple has lost its marbles and I start looking into other ecosystems.

Then the day after having found no better options, I will most likely continue with Apple.
Rating: 4 Votes
22 months ago
The lack of Mac Mini rumors is somewhat concerning.
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago

I'd wish Apple would start the "trend" to remove rear facing camera's on tablets. Perhaps its acceptable on the iPad Mini, but with iPad Air and any larger iPad Apple has planned, Apple just needs to say now.

Seriously a tablet is the worst form of camera short of those big wooden boxes with the black hood you have to put over your head and the large fire bomb used as a flash.

Instead this is what accessories are for, like Sony's hand-held wireless camera lenses. At least then you can sit the tablet on your lap and hold a much smaller and less obtrusive lens to record video or take pictures.

There is nothing worse then someone missing out on real life because they have to record everything with a tablet screen inches in front of their face, but it is worse when you are the person that is forced to sit or stand behind someone that is blocking your view with THEIR tablet. It will be even worse when all those douchey people start using a large iPad Pro as their primary video camera.


Please excuse those of us that use the rear facing camera for photographing documents and turning them into PDFs, or use it as a document copier, or...just because you don't use it...
Rating: 3 Votes
22 months ago

I'd wish Apple would start the "trend" to remove rear facing camera's on tablets...this is what accessories are for, like Sony's hand-held wireless camera lenses.


force me to hold onto another thing i could lose when i bought the ipad for shooting rough drafts or location scouting scenes with an expensive mobile rig of about 6 other accessories? no thanks. and if they got rid of that camera they'd probably make it thinner and more fragile. no thanks again.
Rating: 3 Votes

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