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iPad Air 2: New photos surface

iPad Air 2: New photos surface

Apple’s forthcoming iPad Air 2 has had to play second fiddle to the much leaked iPhone 6 in the rumour stakes this summer. But now, after months of radar silence, the second generation iteration of the super-slim slate has been snapped by a Taiwanese accessory-maker.

The pictures, posted to Chinese social network Weibo by Yi Lin Enterprises, show off the rear shell of the tablet and appears to confirm that the gold colourway Apple used for the iPhone 5S is making its way to its micro-slate this time too.

The frame also features a larger speaker grille, presumably to show off its Beats by Dre audio smarts, and a microphone hole right next to the camera.

As this is the rear case, there’s no chance to see if Apple really is plotting on bringing Touch ID fingerprint security button to the iPad Air.

But recent stories of the company upping production of the component, plus a host of rumours, suggest it will indeed be utilising the feature, currently only found on the iPhone 5S.

A putative launch date for the next-gen iPad Air has yet to be mentioned. But it's expected to tip up in late October, in time to capitalise on the burgeoning Christmas tablet market.



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