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Screenshot confirms Touch ID, Burst Mode and more for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

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I planned on writing a post today that talks about what we expect in terms of iPad details for tomorrow’s Apple event. Unfortunately due to a mistake by Apple, we now have confirmed details for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 (and yes, that is their official names.)

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The screenshot above was leaked accidentally in the iPad User Guide for iOS 8.1, which was quickly updated after Apple noticed the mistake.  The screenshot confirms a few details about the iPad Air and iPad mini.  They will feature similar designs as their predecessors, each one will get the Touch ID Home button sensor and Burst Mode will work on the tablet too.: Touch ID, nearly same design as predecessor and burst mode works for iPad too. The company is planning on going back to the numbers for the tablet names. The second-generation iPad Air will be “iPad Air 2” (which sounds a lot like iPad 2, but maybe that’s just me) and third-generation Retina iPad mini will be “iPad mini 3.” In addition, we expect the first major update to iOS 8 called iOS 8.1 to be announced (and released tomorrow) alongside Apple Pay.  This would line up with Walgreen’s alleged October 18th release date for Apple Pay.

"It's Been Way Too Long": Apple Confirms October 16th Event

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Yesterday, Apple sent out invitations to confirm their special media event on October 16th.  This event will be held at their campus in Cupertino at 10am PT (or 1pm EST).  They are expected to reveal the slimmer iPad Air 2, Retina iPad mini 3, release date for OS X Yosemite and a few new Macs.  The invitation, unlike last time, is quite simple and doesn’t give us too many hints.

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At their event on the 16th, we expect Apple to announce the second-generation iPad Air and third-generation iPad mini.  The iPad Air 2 will have a mostly similar design, but there will be some new features to it.  Apple is planning on removing the sound/mute switch, relocating the microphone from the top of the device to next to the camera and on the side, changing the speaker grill to be more like the iPhone 6 and adding Touch ID for use with Apple Pay. For internal tech specs, we will see 2GB of RAM, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options, an 8MP camera sensor and the A8 processor with M8 co-processor. It is also rumored that the Air will be available in a gold color.  It is unclear what improvements the iPad mini will be getting, but it will likely see at least Touch ID and a gold color option. The next major update to the operating system, iOS 8.1, and Apple Pay will also get release dates.

This looks very familiar to the October 2014 invitation.

This looks very familiar to the October 2014 invitation.

After reviewing the invitation, 9to5Mac noticed that the outline of the apple is the same one Apple used when they celebrated 30 years of Mac. With this and the line “it’s been way too long”, we will definitely see Macs at the event.  9to5Mac is expecting the release date for OS X Yosemite, a fresh round of iMacs and a new 12-inch Retina MacBook.

The Apple TV, Mac mini, rumored split-screen multitasking mode for iPad and iPad Pro may also make an appearance at the event. Because it really has been way too long since the Apple TV was updated.

iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 Event Rumored for October 16th

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It’s roughly a year after the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini were revealed which means new iPads are coming.  According to a report by Re/Code, Apple is planning on holding an event on October 16th to announce the next-generation iPads.  We expect the second-generation iPad Air, third-generation Retina iPad mini, release date for OS X Yosemite and potentially Retina iMacs.

Dummy unit of iPad Air 2 from June 2014.

Dummy unit of iPad Air 2 from June 2014.

The new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini will feature a similar design as their predecessors, but they may be slightly slimmer and have other subtle changes.  In the late summer, we saw rear shells for the Air with a recessed volume controls and a relocated microphone hole.  It will be moving from the top center of the tablet to right next to the camera.  The bottom of the Air will have a new speaker grill with a single row of large holes instead of two rows of smaller holes.  Also, Apple Pay is rumored to work on the iPad so both models should be getting Touch ID.

It was rumored last month that the iPad Air will be the only tablet in attendance at the announcement, with the new Retina iPad mini waiting until next year to be announced. This rumor suggests that this event will reveal the iPad Air 2, OS X Yosemite release date and updated computers, while there will be an event early next year for the iPad Pro and Retina iPad mini.  Since they announced the miniature version of the iPad, both models have been announced together. It seems unlikely for them to split it up unless a larger iPad is in the works and they need a second product to announce at the event next year.  Although it would be weird having a 7.9″ iPad announced alongside a 12.9″ iPad, but that’s not the point.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 Event Rumored for October 21

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were announced recently, but Apple still has a few products left in their lineup.  If history is any indication of what to expect (and it usually is), we should see the second-generation iPad Air and third-generation iPad mini next month.

This iPad mini 3 concept is inspired by the new iPhone 6.

This iPad mini 3 concept is inspired by the new iPhone 6.

Micah Singleton of The Daily Dot, an online newspaper, wrote that Apple is plan on holding an event on October 21st.  Citing sources familiar with the matter, he says that the company will reveal two new iPads and the release date for OS X Yosemite. The new operating system for Mac will supposedly be released immediately following the event.  Last year, Apple held an event on October 22nd where they announced the redesigned iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display and release date for OS X Mavericks.

The iPads are expected to get some subtle design changes like recessed buttons, a thinner profile, Touch ID and a microphone on the back next to the camera.  The Apple TV will hopefully be refreshed at this event because it’s been over two years since it has seen any updates.