iPad Air 2 mockup (TLD Today 001)

We know that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) recently started producing a more durable Touch ID sensor set to make its way into Apple’s sixth-generation full-size iPad – call it the iPad Air 2, if you will.

We’re also familiar with a bunch of meticulously created dummies based on the rumor-mill reporting, having shown you several photographs that highlight minor design changes spotted on iPad Air 2 dummy units floating around out there.

And now, a high-quality video by TLDToday has arrived, showing off possible changes in the layout of the iPad Air 2’s physical buttons, speaker grille and more…

Again, pay attention to a slightly thinner appearance (6.5mm vs 7.9mm), the slightly redesigned speaker grille at the bottom (a single row of larger holes vs two rows of smaller holes) and the Touch ID ring around the Home button.

Here it is.

The video was first discovered by French blog NowhereElse.fr [Google translate].

Again, this is just a dummy – that is, an elaborate yet crude mockup based on unreliable supply chain leaks and rumors. Crude as in, “I’m missing a mute/rotation lock switch on the side. Whichever way you look at it, it appears that the next iPad Air won’t be such a radical departure from the existing form factor and design (that’s a good thing, methinks).

iPad Air back

Chinese outlets report that it will be a specs upgrade sporting a marginally faster and significantly more power efficient A8 chip, Touch ID, a better eight-megapixel camera on the back versus the five-megapixel one on the current lineup, perhaps a slight megapixel increase on the front-facing shooter and more.

We’re expecting new iPads at a dedicated media event in October, shortly following the purported September 19 iPhone 6 launch and iOS 8 release.

  • felixtaf

    I dont like the new speaker grills and am not upgrading my iPad Air for a Touch-ID.

    • Rowan09

      Unless my iPad 3 stop working, I’m not getting a new one.

    • Anthony Snyder

      Why even comment then?

      • felixtaf

        Because am entitled to state my opinion anywhere.

        If you dont like it, ‘Why even reply then?’

      • Anthony Snyder

        Yea. It’s the second part of that statement where you say “Not upgrading my iPad Air for Touch ID” seems useless but the comment about the speaker grills is fine.

      • felixtaf

        You must realize that I can only speak about myself.

        My iPad Air works fine and I see no point in upgrading it for a slimmer design with Touch-ID. Am not that guy who upgrades devices whenever a new model comes to market!

      • Anthony Snyder

        That’s better. Explain yourself a bit more otherwise it seems like your just saying things to say something. Thanks.

  • Jonathan

    I don’t think the speaker grill is the actual design for the iPad 6. I think simply because it’s a dummy, no need to waste money in drilling smaller more accurate holes. Same for the iPhone 6 dummy. There’s a lot of parts that look quite ugly, but it’s simply because it’s a dummy version.

    • Anthony Snyder

      Good idea! But remember the iPhone 5c had a similar design so it’s nothing too new.

    • Hope you’re right…

  • therealjjohnson

    Unless something goes wrong with my current iPad Air then I dont see my self upgrading for another 2-3 years. I had my iPad 2 until i finally broke the screen in December of 2013.

  • test_11

    I wish iPad mini 3 gold with Touch ID and iOS 8 too unitl October..

    • Anthony Snyder

      I think gold iPads look kinda tacky because it’s the entire back plate and isn’t the gold/white combo like on the 5s.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I’m pretty happy with my Air. I used the iPad 2 for 3 iterations….I will most likely follow suite with the air. Touch ID is cool, but not of importance to me.

  • James Gunaca

    After three iPads (2, Retina, New) that had close to no design changes externally, I doubt we’ll see much change to the iPad Air 2. That’s just my guess!