A reportedly accurate dummy unit of the iPad Air 2 has cropped up online, and it suggests that Apple’s next tablet could share the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint scanning abilities, thanks to a clearly visible Touch ID home button.
Bestowing its latest tablet with a fingerprint-scanning home button will encourage developers to make use of iOS 8’s Touch ID APIs that Apple announced at WWDC.
That means that in addition to paying for items using PayPal and a quick swipe of a finger, Air 2 (and iPhone) users will be able to use their digits to login to other apps, access protected files, and more.
Elsewhere, the design of the Air 2 model remains more or less the same as the existing Air, bar a few changes.
There appears to be a microphone located beneath the rear camera lens, and the rotation lock toggle has gone AWOL, although this might purely be due to the fact that this is a dummy unit and not the final retail device.
We expect the iPad Air 2 to be revealed sometime in November, mirroring the original Air’s launch last year.
There’s no solid information on specs so far, although we expect it to land with the same 2048 x 1536 Retina Display, along with a bump in the camera and processor departments.
Stay tuned for more info, as and when we get it.