As expected, Apple unveiled the new iPad Air 2 just about an hour ago at their live special event. It is the thinnest iPad ever at just 6.1mm and said to be the world’s thinnest tablet.
The headline features for the iPad Air 2 are:
Improved Retina Display
2nd gen 64-bit A8X chip designed specifically for the iPad Air 2
New iSight and FaceTime cameras
Pretty much inline with the latest rumors we’d heard about the new iPad Air, including the name.
Pre-orders start tomorrow for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, and shipping begins next week.
Well, there’s only a little over 30 minutes to wait until Apple’s iPad, or iPad + Mac + Yosemite, special event kicks off today.
With any luck within about an hour and a half we’ll know a heck of a lot about new iPads coming, presumably, this month. Apple is live streaming the event and it is set to start at 1:00PM Eastern.
Here’s where you can watch the live stream of the full event as it happens:
There is also supposed to be an Apple Events channel on the Apple TV that will also be streaming the event – though I’m not seeing that yet on my Apple TV.
And of course, we’ll be sharing our thoughts on new iPads as today rolls on – so you can just stay tuned here if you like.
Happy New iPad Day 2014 to you all.
It looks like Apple themselves have leaked the names and some of the spec details for new iPad models to be announced today – the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3.
As 9to5Mac reports, the leaks are via the iOS 8.1 iPad User Guide in iBooks. A page in the guide showed images of the two new models that also revealed the widely expected Touch ID sensor added to the new iPads – although the page was removed shortly after being spotted.
The screenshots confirm that both new tablets will include nearly identical designs to their predecessors and the addition of Touch ID sensors in the Home button. Another new feature confirmed by this leak is a new Burst Mode (first introduced with the iPhone 5s) for the iPad Air 2 …
The naming convention (returning to numbering the iPad models) is interesting and this leak certainly takes a little more mystery out of today’s iPad announcements. I’m still hoping for some good news on RAM increases and more new features for these new iPads, though not necessarily betting on them.
So here’s one thing I know and one thing I just learned last night thanks to that one thing I know:
— The One Thing I Know: If I get an email from Guy Kawasaki, old school Apple evangelist and all-round tech legend and badass, I will be giving that email my undivided attention. Big time.
— The One Thing I Just Learned Last Night: Kawasaki is now the chief evangelist (super cool title) for Canva, which is an awesome looking online graphic design tool that I’d never run across before receiving the email tonight. I’m a little late to the Canva party – just shuffling in after some 850,000 users.
Why am I blathering on about which emails get my full attention and awesome looking online graphic design tools? Because Canva is releasing an iPad version and it’s coming to the App Store today.
Now, take a look at the Canva iPad app video and tell me you don’t want that on your iPad yesterday.
With Apple’s iPad + Mac special event on October 16 fast approaching, last minute leaks and speculation are increasing pace as expected.
Over the weekend, photos emerged that are said to show clear evidence of a Touch ID button for the new iPad Air 2 (or whatever name Apple gives the next gen of the iPad Air) and for an enhanced graphics chip, the A8X.
MacRumors has details on the photos and they don’t seem to be classing them as fake right now.
Apple.club.tw (Google Translate) has shared new images that appear to show a variety of components from the iPad Air 2, which include pictures of the logic board, home button flex cable, front panel, and volume control flex cable.
The home button flex cable appears to contain a space for a Touch ID home button, complete with the stainless steel ring.
Now all we need is a photo showing that the new iPad Air carries 8GB of RAM.