The details regarding the Apple iPad Air 2 have started surfacing online from entrusted sources in the manufacturing chain of the Cupertino tech titan. The details reveal that the iPad Air 2 will be 0.5 mm thinner than its predecessor as it employs a new display assembly that laminates the glass and display into a single piece as in the latest iPhones. It is known that the iPad Air measures 7.5 mm and hence, the Air 2 should be measuring a mere 7 mm in thickness.
However, to make the tablet thinner, Apple appears to have removed the mute or vibration button and make the volume rocker more inset. Furthermore, it is stated that the speakers will be a single row grill that is larger rather than two on the iPad Air. The microphones also appear to be relocated to the either sides of the camera.
In addition, the cameras themselves appear to have received an update bumping them from 5 MP to 8 MP at the back and support for HD 720p video calling with the front facing FaceTime camera. Also, the iPad Air 2 is likely to feature the Apple A8 SoC paired with 2 GB of RAM and arrive in three variants – 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB respectively. It is also expected to come with a TouchID fingerprint home button and support NFC for Apple Pay.
At the slated October 16 event, Apple is believed to launch the iPad Air 2 alongside iPad Mini 3 with similar features. Apple is also expected to reveal its new iMac line-up with higher resolution displays.