iPad 2 front panel (One More Thing 001)

Like everyone and their brother, KGI Securities analysts Ming-Chi Kuo is counting on the release of a second-generation iPad Air by October. The device should be refreshed with Apple’s upcoming in-house designed A8 processor, the Touch ID sensor, an improved back-facing iSight camera with a new eight-megapixel sensor, the analyst reckoned in a recent note to clients.

That said, we haven’t seen much in the way of leaks concerning the iPad Air 2 – that is, until today. An image posted this morning by Dutch blog One More Thing claims to represent a front panel said to belong to the forthcoming device, revealing what appears to be an integrated display technology that should results in a thinner and lighter display assembly…

According to One More Thing [Google translation, via MacRumors], the purported front panel part (pictured top of post and below) has the Home button hole at the bottom and another one at the top for a front-facing FaceTime camera.

The biggest takeaway is a possibly integrated display technology. As you know, the iPad Air was criticized for not integrating the separate front panel and display modules into one part.

Not only would have that allowed for a thinner device, but the integrated display assembly would have enabled improved picture quality by removing a layer between the two parts to make the image appear as if painted directly on the glass.

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MacRumors spoke to iFixit co-founder Kyle Wiens about the leaked component, who suggested that Apple could be using a manufacturing process similar to that seen on the Retina MacBook Pro.

“The move to an integrated panel/display would increase repair costs, but ease of repair has not been a particularly major focus for Apple and the company already uses an integrated display on the iPhone,” he explained.

As things stand right now, it appears that the second-generation iPad Air is going to be a specs upgrade with a speedier processor, an improved camera, an up-to-date display technology and possibly a bit slimmer appearance.

The headline hardware addition should be Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple could also bond a thin layer of sapphire sheet to the cover glass to make the screen stronger and prone to scratches.

Would you consider ditching your iPad Air for a second-generation model?

  • abazigal

    I upgraded to a retina ipad mini and am starting to miss the fingerprint scanner. Keying in a passcode just seems so slow and cumbersome now.

    That said, I don’t see myself upgrading, unless they do something crazy like ship with 4gb of ram and introduce some deal breaker apps or features that run only on the new iPad.

    • Rowan09

      The touch ID is a must for all future iPhones, typing in the password does get a little annoying at times.

      • Inseltraeumer

        it’s proven that having several passwords that you have to enter regularly actually trains your memory. so much for having the convenience of a fingerprint scanner. on a side note, it’s also more convenient to sit in front of the TV than work out – but training your body is more obvious than training your brain, the latter of which potential sexual partners can’t see as easily. so people probably won’t care too much about having a better memory.

        on topic: i’d definitely like to try out touch ID 😛

      • Rowan09

        I train my brain regularly since I’m a student of learning something new and an electronics major. I just prefer to use touch id when purchasing an app, it’s makes things more convenient.

    • hkgsulphate

      lmao I sometimes press on the mini’s home button willing this would unlock the device

    • Jeffrey

      True, but i personally wouldn’t need a password on my ipad because all my classified information is on my iphone, and not on my ipad. The ipad is more for relaxing and watching video’s etc.

      • Rowan09

        I agree I don’t have a password on iPad.

      • abazigal

        iCloud Keychain means my personal information is on all my Apple devices.

      • Jeffrey

        well that sucks

      • abazigal

        Not really, it just means that a new integrated solution is required. Previously, I didn’t lock my phones because I make a conscious decision to value convenience over security.

        Now, with iCloud keychain (which was very handy when I upgraded my iOS devices; just sync once and all my passwords gets transferred over), security is more important than ever. Hence, Touch ID, which offers the best of both security and convenience.

        It’s one of those things which go hand in hand together.

  • Tope

    I’m going to uni in September and can’t decide if I want an iPad or a laptop.

    • Rowan09

      What are you trying to accomplish?

      • Tope

        I’m just gonna take notes in class. Sometimes do some reading on the way to and from. Make a start/Editing on some assignements while out and about occasionally.

      • Rowan09

        An iPad will serve your purpose. If you jailbreak your iPad, get iFile, Safari uploader, OS experience (when it’s released), Photon or iSwifter (flash browsers on the AppStore), you’ll basically have a laptop. If you’re planning to do heavy programming, you’re going to need a laptop.

      • Jeffrey

        i’d recommend a cheap laptop or a Surface tablet (i sincerely think it’s awesome). an iPad isn’t very good for text processing…

      • Rowan09

        The Surface Pro ok, but if that’s the case I would recommend purchasing an Intel Tablet for a fraction of the price.

      • Jeffrey

        yeah that’s true… but i would never use a ipad to take notes in class

      • TeChNoStyLeZ

        I think an ipad is easier to carry around. Its also faster since it behaves like a smartphone ( always in standby )while a laptop will probably be turned off and will need to boot up each time u want to use it. You can also do everything you mentioned on an ipad.

      • BozzyB

        I recommend a Samsung Note 10.1 or 12.2 with a Wacom stylus. It has multiwindow and other neet stuff…

  • White Michael Jackson

    Did anyone get that unflod.dylib virus?

    • Jonathan

      What’s that?

      • Jeffrey

        oh god an ios virus?!?!?! where is the world going:(

      • White Michael Jackson

        idk I pay for all my tweaks. I am still trying to figure this out.

    • Jeffrey

      iDB saw ur comment and made a thread about it:P

    • grumpyfuzz

      What? I thought iOS couldn’t get viruses! /s

      • White Michael Jackson

        I think this is the beginning of a flood of viruses.

  • Hussain Alsanona

    I’m down for the next gen iPad Air

  • Mohammed Sahib

    How about 2 gigs of ram for the Air 2?

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