Updated 01:30 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

iPad Air 2 Release Date, Price & Rumors: Specs Include Touch ID in New Photo Leak

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The trend of speculating about the features of the iPad Air 2 will not be over unless Apple calms everyone down with the real thing.

We wrote about the possible specs of the upcoming flagship tablet, and more feeds continue to pile in the database of rumors. The latest rumored specs come from Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn, which showcased an alleged concept model of the iPad Air 2. Meanwhile, images by 9to5Mac of the prototype unit show a white model. It measures about 7mm thin - falling in between the iPhone 6's and 6 Plus' respective 6.9mm and 7.1mm thickness.

In contrast, the original iPad Air is 7.9 mm thick.

The outlet noted the similarity between the concept design and the current iPad Air. But some observable differences between the two are that the iPad Air 2 can possibly have the sapphire glass, recessed volume button (like the iPhone 6) and the Touch ID home button. The mute switch, as we have previously reported, is missing.

The Oct. 16 event has already been confirmed by Apple, according to Forbes. Using the teasing tagline "It's been way too long," Apple hopes to meet journalists for one "special event" on the said date. This will happen in the tech giant's Cupertino, California campus.

The source noted that recent video leaks make the unveiling of a new iPad Air and iPad Mini virtually guaranteed.

One new feature to join the collective list of speculations includes a "more-rounded" design. Daily Mail reported that a hidden code in the iOS 8.1 Beta suggested the incorporation of Touch ID fingerprint sensor and Apple Pay support. The code reportedly stated, "Pay with iPad using Touch ID. With Apple Pay, you no longer need to type card numbers and shipping information."

In addition, the outlet said that it is unknown whether the new iPad will have an NFC functionality, which is utilized for non-contact billing.

Rounding up the iPad Air 2's rumored specs and features, we have the following: 9.7-inch Retina Display, anti-reflective screen coating, 8 MP rear and 1.5 MP front cameras, iOS 8 support, A8 processor chip, twice the RAM of the original iPad Air, Touch ID fingerprint system, three storage options (32GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB), Apple Pay support, golden version and a more-rounded, thinner and lighter body.

It must be noted that the iPad Mini 3, a new line of Retina iMacs, and the OS X Yosemite are also expected to be unveiled at the upcoming media event.

CNET said that Apple did not respond to its request for a comment on the specuations.

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