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Excited to Learn What 2015 Holds

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Apple_logo_blackWith the beginning of each New Year it brings excitement of what lies ahead. Here at DGB, we had an amazing year of growth in 2014 and we’ve enjoyed reporting everything to you. With that in mind, there were a lot of great things to come out of 2014, the perfected iPad Air 2, the larger iPhone 6 and the even bigger iPhone 6 Plus, and iOS 8. Now with 2015 finally here, I’m starting to get all giddy and a little down about a couple things all at the same time.

First off, the Watch. I can’t even put into words how excited I am to finally get this device in my hands and on my wrist. Yes, I know it’s just a feature watch and I know it’s been done before. What I find most exciting about this device is discovering how well it will integrate into the iOS ecosystem and what third party apps will do to enhance the overall user experience.

There are a few things I’ve thought about involving the Watch but one I seem to continually revisit concerns its capabilities. I really want the Watch to further tap into my VIP list. If you’ve setup favorites and VIP contacts for emails, the Watch needs to be capable of recognizing these settings and allow you to customize how you receive notifications from other iOS devices.

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If you’ve taken the time to identify specific priority settings for certain contacts, I feel the Watch should recognize this and allow you to setup notifications accordingly. There are countless times I’ve received texts messages or phone calls from contacts I really didn’t need to dig into my coat, pants pocket or bag to retrieve my iPhone for. The same applies for most of the emails I receive these days. If I’m able to setup the Watch to notify me when specific people are trying to get in contact with me, that’d be excellent.

Pay is amazing and I never get tired of using it. One aspect of Pay I don’t like, more of a minor inconvenience, is digging my enormous iPhone 6 Plus out from its resting place to pay (#firstworldproblem). The Watch will make it even more convenient at the point of sale, which I never thought I’d hear myself say after using Pay the very first time.

I listen to iTunes radio quite a bit and I’m looking forward to discovering how well the Watch functions with iTunes. Will I be able to select or add different radio stations from it or will I be limited to skipping and pausing songs from the Watch?

App Store for Apple TV

App Store for Apple TV

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Report claims iPad mini 4 coming in early 2015 and will replace two generations

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In October, Apple refreshed their iPad lineup with the introduction of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.  The Air gained many improvements, like a thinner body, Touch ID, more efficient A8X processor and higher storage capacity, while the mini only received a couple updates.  We concluded that either Apple was discontinuing the iPad mini or they wanted to differentiate the two products since they are practically the same tablet with two sizes of displays.  Mac Fan is posting some details for the iPad Air Plus in their magazine for January and also claiming the iPad mini 4 will be coming out in the Spring, supporting our theory that Apple wants to differentiate the mini.

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The iPad mini 4 will be receiving the updates it should have received in October.  The processor powering the tablet will be upgraded to the A8X processor, like the iPad Air 2 and unlike the iPad mini 3.  It will also receive the same design that the Air 2 has and the tablet will replace the iPad mini 1st generation and iPad mini 3rd generation.  The iPad mini 4 will come out alongside the iPad Air Plus in the Spring.

It appears that instead of discontinuing the iPad mini, Apple is looking to change the release date so it will be viewed differently than the iPad Air.  Since they are virtually the same tablet with different screen sizes, Apple did not update the iPad mini in October so the Air looks like the superior product. It has the better processor and camera, faster Wi-Fi connection and more features.  When the mini is updated in the Spring, it will look like a better product, but in reality, it will be the same as the iPad Air. Perhaps with six months between the two tablets, they will appear different. Personally, I have the iPad 3 and iPad mini 2, but I prefer my mini.  My full-sized iPad doesn’t have much of a need since my Mac does the same things and it’s a lot more powerful.  My iPhone still has a small screen (iPhone 5) so that’s where my mini comes in.

Where to save the most for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and more on Black Friday [Black Friday Deals]

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Black Friday is coming up in a few days and it’s time to decide which stores to shop at and which ones to skip.  We have compiled all of the ads we have seen for Apple and Beats by Dr. Dre products to determine which retailers will have the best deals. Apple has not announced their sales yet, but they typically have modest price decreases. In this post, we look at the iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPod touch (5th gen.), Apple TV and iTunes gift cards. We display the top three deals with the lowest starting price.

16GB iPhone 6: $99 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $99
  2. Best Buy: $99.99 with trade-in of any working iPhone
  3. Walmart: $179 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $104)

16GB iPhone 5s: $1 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $1 with trade-in of any working iPhone
  2. Walmart: $79 with $75 Walmart gift card (total price: $4)
  3. Target: $79.99 with $30 Target gift card (total price: $49.99)

iPad Air: $295 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $295 for 16GB
  2. Staples: $319 for 16GB, $359 for 32GB
  3. Walmart: $397 for 16GB with $100 Walmart gift card (total price: $297)

iPad Air 2: $399 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $399.99 for 16GB, $499.99 for 64GB, $599.99 for 128GB
  2. Target: $499 for 16GB with $140 Target gift card (total price: $359)

16GB iPad mini (1st gen., non-Retina display): $199 at Walmart

  1. Walmart: $199 with $30 Walmart gift card (total price: $169)
  2. Target: $249 with $80 Target gift card (total price: $169)

16GB iPad mini 2: $239 at Staples

  1. Staples: $239
  2. Target: $299 with $100 Target gift card

16GB iPad mini 3: $324 at Best Buy

  1. Best Buy: $324.99
  2. Target: $399 with $100 Target gift card (total price: $299)

Apple TV: $79 at Staples

  1. Staples: $79
  2. RadioShack: $85
  3. Target: $89

16GB iPod touch (5th gen.): $149 at RadioShack

  1. RadioShack: $149
  2. Best Buy: $149.99, 16GB iPod nano for $119.99
  3. Toys R Us: $149.99

2 x $100 iTunes gift card multipacks: $158.94 at Sam’s Club

  1. Sam’s Club: $158.94 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $79.47 or $50 iTunes gift card for $39.98)
  2. Walmart: ~$167 ($30 iTunes gift card multipack for $25)
  3. Target: $170 (Buy one iTunes gift card and get one for 30% off)
  4. RadioShack: $170 (15% off all iTunes gift cards)
  5. Staples: $170 (15% off $50 or more in iTunes gift cards)
  6. Best Buy: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card for $85)
  7. Cosco: $170 ($100 iTunes gift card multipack for $85)

For the iTunes gift cards, many retailers advertised buy one and get one for less, so we calculated the price of two $100 gift card multi-packs (or $200 in gift cards) to find the best deal.  We included the other retailers on this list since it was difficult to compare them and everyone else tied for 3rd place.

Check out full Black Friday 2014 Guide for store hours, sales flyers, deals on other Apple products (like iPad 4) and more. 

Report says iPad mini to be discontinued next year

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Following Apple’s October 16th event, we posted about why the iPad mini 3 received little to no updates while the iPad Air 2 completely changed. One theory was because the iPad mini no longer has a place in the market with the iPhone 6 Plus (5.5″ display) and the iPad Air (9.7″ display.)  Apple won’t be able to make the iPhone any larger without cutting into iPad mini (7.9″ display) sales. A new report by Taiwan’s Economic Daily says that Apple may be looking to discontinue the iPad mini as early as next year.

iPhone 6 Plus sitting on an iPad mini

iPhone 6 Plus sitting on an iPad mini

In addition to the screen size of the iPhone 6 Plus, the report claims that Apple is considering this decision because of declining iPad sales and “fierce competition” in the market.  The iPhone 6 Plus costs $749 for the 16GB model on a 2-year contract while the 16GB iPad mini 3 is $399.  A price difference of $350 is huge in terms of profits for Apple.  The customer who buys an iPhone will likely upgrade to the newest iPhone every two years while some customers may keep the iPad for years.  For a perfect example, I buy a new iPhone every two years and I’ve had my iPad 3 since it was released in March of 2012.  It runs iOS 8 so I don’t plan on replacing it any time soon.

The report goes on to say that Apple may be looking into focusing its resources on the iPad Pro instead of the iPad mini.  This would allow the next-generation iPhones to get larger display without competing for sales and the iPads might be the perfect medium between the smartphone and the laptop.  Apple’s lineup would consist of three iPhones (one with a 4″ display, 4.7″ display and 5.5″ display), two iPads (one with a 9.7″ display and rumored 12.2″ display) and their MacBooks (which start with a 11″ display.)

It is difficult to determine the truth behind this report, but it does make sense for Apple to discontinue the iPad mini.  After this past year of only changing a few minor details, Apple may be getting a feel for an iPad mini-less world.

Apple's 2014 iPad Product Lineup

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Apple held three special events over this past year: the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June and two special events in the Fall.  They announced a plethora of new products in terms of hardware and software. We don’t expect Apple to hold another event this year, but the next one should be in early 2015. Apple is currently selling two different generations of the full-sized iPad and three of the miniature iPad.  Here’s the iPad lineup for 2014:

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iPad Air 2: released October 2014

  • successor the iPad Air
  • thinner by 18%
  • new anti-relective Retina display
  • A8X processor with 64-bit architecture and M8 co-processor
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $499

 

iPad Air: released October 2013

  • successor to the iPad 4
  • complete redesign of the iPad
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture and M7 co-processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • silver and space gray
  • 16GB and 32GB
  • starting at $399

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iPad mini 3: released October 2014

  • successor to the Retina iPad mini
  • a few new features
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture and M7 co-processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Touch ID
  • gold, silver and space gray
  • 16GB, 64GB and 128GB
  • starting at $399

 

iPad mini 2: released October 2013

  • successor to the iPad mini
  • new Retina display
  • A7 processor with 64-bit architecture and M7 co-processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • silver and space gray
  • 16GB and 32GB
  • starting at $299

 

iPad mini: released October 2012

  • miniature version of the iPad
  • new product category for Apple
  • A5 processor
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • silver and space gray
  • 16GB
  • starting at $249

 

Throughout the week, we will explore the 2014 lineup. There’s iPods, iPhones, the Apple TV and the Apple Watch.

Why is the iPad mini 3 so boring?

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On Thursday, Apple announced two new tablets: the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.  The iPad Air 2 features a slimmer design, the A8X processor, M8 co-processor, Touch ID, advanced Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity and 8MP iSight camera.  The iPad mini 3, however, only gained a gold color option, Touch ID and 128GB storage capability. Why did Apple update the iPad Air 2 so amazingly, but kept the mini relatively the same? There’s probably a couple of reasons why. The first one has to do with the iPhone 6 Plus.

In September, Apple expanded their phones by increasing their display sizes. The iPhone 6, the successor to the iPhone 5s, has a 4.7″ display and the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5″ display. If you put this side-by-side to the iPad, the mini has a 7.9″ display and the iPad Air has a 9.7″ display.

The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 2 and iPad Air, credit: iMore

The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 2 and iPad Air, credit: iMore

 

Apple may believe the iPad mini 3 no longer fits. The iPhone 6 is a phone, the iPhone 6 Plus is a phablet (phone + tablet) and the iPad Air is a tablet. So what is the iPad mini? Is it a miniature tablet or was it just a placeholder for the iPhone 6 Plus? Apple may be looking to discontinue the iPad mini in a few years so they are hoping to push their customers to purchase the iPhone 6 Plus or the iPad Air 2 since they both have major upgrades and the mini is still living in 2013.  The iPad mini 3 only gained Touch ID, a gold color option and 128GB storage capability two of which came with the iPhone 5s in 2013. The new storage capability was added to the iPad 4 in early 2013.  The only benefit of Apple announcing the iPad mini 3 is the decrease in price for last year’s model.  Also if Apple wants to make the iPhone’s display any larger, it may start to seriously hurt sales of the iPad mini.

Another reason that Apple may have not updated the iPad mini 3 is because the mini is too similar to the iPad Air.  If you look at the image above, the iPad mini 2 and iPad Air look the same. The mini is just a smaller version of the Air.  In terms of technical specifications, the tablets were identical. The only major difference was that the iPad mini cost $100 less.  Although Apple doesn’t go into sales figures by tablet, they were likely selling more of the smaller one due to the cheaper price tag.  To increase customer’s interest on the larger tablet, Apple needed to update everything about the Air and keep the mini the same.

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If you are looking to purchase an iPad mini, you have a few options. If you want the latest updated model, I would suggest you go with the iPad mini 2. It’s a hundred dollars less and is nearly identical to this year’s model. If you must have Touch ID, either go for the iPhone 6 Plus or iPad Air 2.  The only major difference between the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 is Touch ID…and $100. So if Touch ID is worth $100 to you, then go with the iPad mini 3.

Apple announces two new iPads: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

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On Thursday, Apple held their final special media event of the year to announce the rest of their 2014 product lineup. At the event, they showed off the rumored iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.  The Air comes with a bunch of new features, like burst mode, more storage capabilities and a slimmer design.  The mini has the same design and features, but it now has Touch ID, works with Apple Pay and comes in a gold color.

iPad Air 2

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  • Display: Retina, antireflective coating, 9.7 inch diagonally, 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 240mm long by 169.5mm wide and 6.1mm thin (note: this is thinner then the iPhone 6/6 Plus), weight of 437 grams for Wi-Fi only and 444 grams for Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • Chip: A8X processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • Camera: 8MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video recording, up to 120 fps Slo-Mo (rear camera) and 1.2MP, 720p HD video recording (front camera)
  • Payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay for online shopping only
  • Battery: same as iPad Air, up to 10 hours of surfing the web, playing music, watching video over Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Storage and Prices: $499 for 16GB, $599B for 64GB, $699 for 128GB (Wi-Fi); $629 for 16GB, $729 for 64GB, $829 for 128GB (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • Overall Changes (from previous model): the display now has an antireflective coating and is laminated, the tablet is 1.4mm thinner, 32-34 grams lighter, processor has changed from A7 with M7 co-processor to the A8X and M8, Touch ID, barometer, burst mode for camera, Slo-Mo video recording, faster Wi-Fi and Cellular and 32GB is not available as a storage option

 

iPad mini 3

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  • Display: Retina, 7.9 inch diagonally, 2048 x 1536 pixels (264 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 200mm long by 134.7mm wide and 7.5mm thin, weight of 331 grams for Wi-Fi only and 341 grams for Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • Chip: A7 processor with 64-bit architecture, M7 co-processor
  • Camera: 5MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video recording (rear camera) and 1.2MP, 720 HD video recording (front camera)
  • Payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay for online shopping only
  • Battery: same as iPad Air 2, up to 10 hours of surfing the web, playing music, watching video over Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Storage and Prices: $399 for 16GB, $499B for 64GB, $599 for 128GB (Wi-Fi); $529 for 16GB, $629 for 64GB, $729 for 128GB (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
  • Overall Changes (from previous model): Touch ID, gold color option and 32GB is not available as a storage option
The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available for preorder starting October 17th.

The previous generations of iPad mini and iPad Air are available for sale

Apple’s 2014 iPad lineup consists of the iPad mini, Retina iPad mini 2, Retina iPad mini 3, iPad Air and iPad Air 2. All previous generations of iPad have received a price drop so this allowed Apple to discontinue the iPad 4. Preorders for the new tablets started on Friday, October 17th and shipping is currently at 2-4 business days.

Apple announces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 at today's event

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Apple’s special media event finished a few hours ago and they introduced us to a bunch of new products. Last month we saw the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. This month we see the release date for Apple Pay and iOS 8.1, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Apple Pay

The retailers that will be part of the initial roll-out of Apple Pay.

The retailers that will be part of the initial roll-out of Apple Pay.

Apple Pay will be available for download on Monday, October 20th.  Three major credit card companies (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) and the nation’s top banks (Citi, PNC, Chase, etc.) will support Apple Pay during its initial roll-out. Major retailers like American Eagle, Macy’s and Walgreens are signed up for the initial roll-out as well.

 

WatchKit

WatchKit will allow 3rd-party developers to create their own apps for the Apple Watch. This is available to developers starting in November.  Apple Watch is still on track to ship in early 2015.

 

iOS 8

The newest operating system for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad has been out since mid-September.  Nearly half (48%) of users are running iOS 8.  The first major update to the OS, called iOS 8.1, brings support for Apple Pay, Continuity with OS X Yosemite and public beta of iCloud Photo Library (works for videos too).

 

iPad Air 2

Tim Cook shows off iPad Air 2 for the first time.

Tim Cook shows off iPad Air 2 for the first time.

  • 6.1mm thin (compare this to the iPhone 6 which is 6.9mm thin)
  • laminated display with anti-reflective coating
  • A8X processor with 64-bit architecture and M8 co-processor (specially designed processor for iPad)
  • 10-hour battery life
  • 8MP rear iSight camera with 1080p HD video (panoramic pictures, time-lapse, slo-mo video and burst mode)
  • camera features: panoramic pictures, time-lapse, slo-mo video and burst mode for the rear camera and single-shot HDR, burst mode for selfies and HDR videos with the front camera
  • up to 150Mbps on cellular and up to 833Mbps on Wi-Fi
  • Touch ID
  • available in silver, space gray and gold with storage capabilities of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB starting at $499

 

iPad mini 3

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  • same design as previous model
  • 5MP iSight rear camera
  • Touch ID
  • available in silver, space gray and gold with storage capabilities of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB starting at $399

 

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available for preorder starting October 17th.

The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be available for preorder starting October 17th.

iPad event expectations

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There are less then 12 hours remaining until Apple’s next special media event where they are expected to announce the next-generation iPads, updated Macs, iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay release dates and a surprise product.

iPads

credit: Martin Hajek

An iPhone 6-inspired concept for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

It is no surprise that there will be new tablets announced at Apple’s event today. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, which are the confirmed names, will feature a similar design to their predecessors and a few new updated components.

For the iPad Air 2, rumors have suggested it will be a little thinner, but still have mostly the same design.  New external features, like single row of speaker holes and recessed buttons, will help the tablet to lose a few millimeters.  Apple is also rumored to move the microphone from the top center to the left side, next to the camera. The mute/sound switch may be taken off completely.  For internal specs, we expect 2GB of RAM, A8X processor with M8 co-processor, 8MP camera, Touch ID Home button and more updated internal components.

The iPad mini 3 will have the same design as it’s predecessor and only gain internal upgrades. Besides the new Touch ID sensor on the Home button, not much else is known about the tablet.

 

Macs

The current iMac, credit: Apple

The current iMac, credit: Apple

Although we typically only focus on mobile devices on Device Geek Blog, we can’t ignore that Apple is planning on announcing a few new Macs at their event. The 27-inch iMac is rumored to get a 5K Retina display, which would double its current resolution, we will find out the release date for OS X Yosemite and other software like the new Photos app for Mac and iLife and see an updated Mac mini.

 

iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Leaked internal documents for some of the retailers who will support Apple Pay showed the release date for their store. Walgreens said it would be on Saturday, October 18th and Panera Bread said it would be Monday, October 20th.  Regardless of when stores will start allowing it, this means that Apple will likely launch iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay immediately following the event (or within a few hours).

 

Surprise Product

The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.

The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.

On the event invitation, Apple wrote “it’s been way too long.” It is believed that this line is referring to the Mac since it has been a while since the Mac mini or iMac have been updated.  The invitation also uses the apple outline from when Apple celebrated 30 years of Mac so this screams Mac.  There are other products, though, that haven’t been updated for a long time. For example, the last major update for iPod happened alongside the announcement of the iPhone 5 in 2012. The iPod touch is still rocking the single-core A5 processor. For comparison, the iPhone 6 has an dual-core A8 chip, which is a lot more advanced, has 64-bit architecture and comes with a M8 co-processor. The Apple TV also hasn’t been updated since March 2012 at the iPad 3 event.  It has the A5 processor as well. Apple, finally, may also be launching new Smart Covers for the iPad Air and iPad mini in new colors. Although it’s not as exciting as the iPod or Apple TV.

 

iPad Pro? Retina MacBook Air?

We likely won’t see either of these until 2015. Apple may hold an event in the beginning of the year, like they did in January 2012 when they announced textbooks on iPad.  The event may be focused on education as well, aiming the new hardware to educational institutions, students and professors.

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.