Leaked photos of iPad Air 2 reveal insanely thin chassis, Touch ID sensor, missing Side Switch

“Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn has pictures claiming to be the new iPad Air,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac.

“Shown in white, the device is reportedley only 7 mm thin. This is the same depth as Apple’s latest iPhones, which measure 6.9 mm and 7.1 mm thin,” Mayo reports. “As such, it also features the same recessed volume button style as the iPhone 6.”

“Aside from thinness, the iPad now features a ‘glass’ (likely sapphire) Touch ID home button to match previous rumors,” Mayo reports. “Interestingly, the side shots of the device appear to lack a mute switch.”

iPad Air 2 leaked photo via Tinhte.vn
iPad Air 2 leaked photo via Tinhte.vn

 

iPad Air 2 leaked photo via Tinhte.vn
iPad Air 2 leaked photo via Tinhte.vn

 

iPad Air 2 leaked photo via Tinhte.vn
iPad Air 2 leaked photo via Tinhte.vn

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

19 Comments

  1. Looks great. However its thinness will invite a bunch of stupid people to try to bend it. We will just have to endure their stupidity for a little while until the outrage subsides. Then we can enjoy this technical marvel.

  2. I love Apple’s attention to detail and their hardware and software design, but I don’t understand this obsession with making things thinner. At some point, you run into some serious problems with structural integrity. If they sacrificed the mute switch just for the sake of making the iPad thinner, that’s stupid.

    1. I think at some point of thinness you are absolutely correct. One could argue that the iPad Air 2 is not at that point. We will just have to see if it is too flimsy under NORMAL use. The thinness will certainly contribute to a lighter weight which is definitely a good thing for a tablet which is normally held to be utilized.

      I do know that the thinness of my iPhone 6 Plus is fantastic and allows me to keep in in my pants pocket nicely. I gladly take care of it in order to enjoy the thinness and light weight. But then again I am blessed in that I don’t try to bend and destroy my possessions.

    2. What would the mute switch have to do with that? If they can get one on the iPhone 6 then they could surely fit one into the iPad. If it’s gone then it’s because Jony doesn’t want it there any more.

  3. This device is designed for holding. So weight does become an issue with extended use. The iPad2 we had was cumbersome to hold and our iPad3 is only slightly better.
    Haven’t tried the iPad Air but obviously the slighter the better.

    After Bendgate fizzled out there haven’t been anymore reported issues which means it was all a hoax. Sure you can bend the phone if you try hard enough and the same will go for the new iPad Air (or even the current one).

    These devices are not indestructible and are robust under reasonable uses. The glass is still the most fragile part of that and most damage occurs from broken screens.

    1. ‘This device is designed for holding. So weight does become an issue with extended use. The iPad2 we had was cumbersome to hold and our iPad3 is only slightly better.’

      This happens when we go from a hard working people, to a society where the most physical act we do is to click away at phone or other piece of tech stuff.

  4. Can’t believe folks are complaining about thinness. iPads are what you want to be thin and light as possible. Because the surface area is so large they can still fit a huge battery in there. It’s nothing like a phone.

  5. Phones were big until Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone. Then phones got mostly small. Except no one but Apple could make them so small.

    Originally, I suspect the iPhone was conceived as a “smart phone.” But it has evolved into a small hand held computer that also makes phone calls. And the small form factor has given way to an easier-to-use larger size.

    I predict that both the iPad Mini and iPad Air will grow somewhat in screen size, especially since Apple has mastered the manufacturing of thin, light weight tablet computers.

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