Apple accidentally reveals iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2

Apple has accidentally revealed the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 just a day ahead of its expected launch. An official user guide for iOS 8 in the iTunes Store has apparently had its screenshots updated ahead of schedule. It was first spotted by Apple blog 9to5mac.

The screenshot available on the iTunes preview page clearly outlines two new devices. The screen shots indicate that both new iPads will have Touch ID, as expected.

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It appears that Apple will go back to numerical designations for iPad models after dropping them in early 2012. In addition iPad Air 2 also supports Burst Mode, enabling users to take multiple photos by pressing the shutter button once, as per the user guide.

Other upgrades include a faster A8 chip similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, 2GB RAM which would be significant change given that Apple has used 1GB RAM for all its devices till date.

Rumours suggested that the iPad mini 3 was expected to have the same form factor and display as the iPad mini 2, but the 7.9-inch tablet is said to sport a slightly slimmer body.

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Earlier, a technology columnist and his team claimed to have obtained photos and illustrations of the second-generation iPad Air from sources within Apple.

The report also said that the new iPad Air will come with Touch ID built into the home button and will also come in a gold colour option. The report pointed to an upgraded 8MP camera instead of the 5MP camera on the first-generation iPad Air.

The report also suggested that Apple may get rid of the 16GB option and could instead offer 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage variants.

Apple is hosting a special event on 16 October where it is expected to unveil new iPads, a Retina-display equipped iMac computer and OS X Yosemite, its desktop OS.


Vishal Kawadkar


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