iPad 2 Rumor Roundup Alt
The iPad Air 2 has all but been confirmed for an October 16th unveiling, according to Recode’s John Paczkowski, a source with an impeccable track record. You might as well schedule some time off for 10AM PST on October 16th, because his word is basically bond.

With that in mind, I thought I’d take a minute to do a brief video roundup on what to expect from the iPad Air 2. Apple’s 6th generation tablet is expected to endure some significant changes in this year’s scheduled refresh. Check inside as we break it all down on video.

Event details

  • When: Thursday, October 16th @ 10:00 AM PST
  • Where: Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, CA
  • What: The iPad Air 2 will be the star of the show, but we may see Retina iMacs as well.
  • What may not be there: The refreshed iPad mini and the oft-rumored iPad Pro are both rumored to be coming in early 2015.

Okay, so now lets break down some of the new hardware and software features that we can expect from the iPad Air 2.

Hardware features

  • New speaker grille design – The speaker grille now features one row of large holes instead of two rows of tiny holes. It looks a lot like the speaker grille on the iPhone 6. This may result in better [read: louder] sound, if the sound on the iPhone 6 is anything to go by.
  • Relocated microphone – One of the device’s microphones appears to have moved to the rear of the device near the camera.
  • New Anti-reflective coating – A better anti-reflective coating would make the iPad Air 2 more comfortable to read in direct sunlight and in direct interior lighting.
  • Touch ID – Works to secure the Lock screen, make App Store purchases, and presumably enables Apple Pay.
  • Recessed volume buttons – The cutout for the volume buttons is more recessed than before, which would result in the buttons resting flush with the iPad’s outer shell. Oddly enough, the mute switch is nowhere to be found in leaks, but it could just be that the prototype parts aren’t showing the final mute switch design.
  • 2GB of RAM – Rumored to have double the RAM of the previous generation iPad, a 2GB iPad would be the most RAM for any iOS device ever.
  • A8/M8 – The A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor would match the iPhone 6 in performance, much like the iPad Air did with the iPhone 5s.
  • Gold colorway – A new gold option will be added to the already existing space gray and silver colors, bringing unity to the iPhone and iPad lineup.

Software features

  • Apple Pay – Online, in-app only, no NFC chip for in-store purchases. This was located in the iOS 8.1 beta.
  • Split Screen Mode – Run two apps side-by-side at the same time.

Obviously none of these details are written in stone. They are subject to change until we see Tim Cook walk across the stage and show us himself. With that said, given the leaks, I think there is a very good chance that the iPad 2 Air shapes up to look almost identical to the picture we’ve painted above.

How do you think the iPad Air 2 is shaping up? Do you believe it’s a must-buy product, or will you be holding off this time around? Let us know what you plan on doing in the comment section below.

  • Rupinder S

    iPhone 6S+

    • Ian Leon

      iPhone 6s = iPhone success

  • August Ebbesen

    Why u no give iPhone 6, 2GB ram?

    • HooDatty

      Because it doesn’t need it?

      • R3D

        In some cases it does need it. (In my opinion.)

        Everything runs smooth with 1GB of RAM on iOS, I know. But e.g. I browse a lot on my retina iPad Mini. And many times if I switch from one tab to an other, it has to reload the page since it can’t keep even two pages in the memory. Same thing with app switching: larger apps (e.g. games) could “push out” the other running apps from memory and the system has to reload them again.

      • Marco Bartolomeu

        They are talking about iphone not ipad mini…

      • R3D

        That was just an example but same story with the iPhone.

      • Cameron Chao

        For most people (including me), there is no need for 2gb ram, im a heavy jailbreak user too mind you, absolutely no problem with app switcher lag/crashes.

      • R3D

        You misunderstood me! 😀

        My iDevices are not jailbroken. I meant “app switching” like switching between apps using iOS’s native multitasking feature. And I didn’t say anything about lag/crashes. As I said: “Everything runs smooth with 1GB of RAM on iOS”. My problem (and numbers of other people’s problem, by comments) is only one “thing” can fit in the memory at the same time. E.g. only one browser tab (site) and if you switch to an other one, it reloads that tab since it’s already not in the memory.

      • Annie Leonhardt

        Where your statement is wrong…

        “only one “thing” can fit in the memory at the same time.” is completely false. If you closed out of everything on the phone, and just opened up two tabs… it would still reload the tab, even with 700+ mb free. It’s not that it can’t, but because it won’t due to it’s not programmed to do so… this was on purpose. More memory will not solve this. It’s not an “issue” it was purposely done by Apple’s programmers. Even if they added in 16GB of ram, unless they re-code how the iPhone multi-tasks… nothing will change. I highly doubt they will change how it handles multi-tasking, even if more ram is added.

        I don’t see an issue with the tab reloading, to be honest.

      • R3D

        Even if you close everything you won’t have 700+ MB free RAM (maybe on iOS 4 or earlier). You’ll get about 200 MB on iOS 8 since it’s running some kind of memory compression algorithms that frees up memory if an app needs it. And I don’t think it’s programmed like that. Try it: if you open two small, very simple sites (hard to find nowadays) then you can switch between them instantly. No reloading, it works like it should. But if you do this with large, complex site (with numbers of large images, long JS code, etc.) then it works like I mentioned earlier.

        And if you still don’t believe me, read the other comments complaining about the same.

      • Guest

        iOS lags a lot. Your just full of shit.

      • August Ebbesen

        Web-surf? No need to say more.

    • CS

      You’re new here aren’t you.

      • HooDatty

        Not exactly.

      • August Ebbesen

        Actually my dear friend, no.

    • MaxCox

      Because they need to hold out for something else for next year. It’s the reason why Apple only does minor upgrades each time. For example if they released an iPhone that had Touch ID, 2GB ram, bigger screen, Apple Pay, thinner and lighter design, and an updated camera what would they have to release the following year? It’s better to hold out and make minor changes each year to get people to keep upgrading to the newer models.

      • Cameron Chao

        i doubt it, Apple usually dont boast its specs in terms of numbers, they explain its real world performance. Apple could have left it out because they just dont see a need for it for most people or to support its OS, this is more or less true, most people arent going to suffer with 1gb ram. Apple usually gets the balance correct in their iphones, minimal bloatware, buttery smooth functionality. Touch ID wasnt “saved”. Touch ID was perfected then included, this is what apple does correctly.

      • Guest

        Do you still use the perfected Ping?

  • Chris Gaunt

    And it will be ‘the best iPad we’ve ever made’! Am I right?

    • @dongiuj

      Even if the relocated microphone was the only thing to change, apple would say that.

      • Kurt

        They should make the screen closer to the glass. There is such a massive distance on the iPad Air. When I tap on the screen. It feels so hallow.

      • Cameron Chao

        whut?

      • Cameron Chao

        you know how stupid you sound, obviously after every release its better, why would it be worse? better specs always, better hardware usually. Please dont make such a dumb comment like that, every companies new release products are always better than the previous.

      • Nuno123

        You’re right! That’s why is stupid for Apple to claim that every single time they launch a new product… If it wasn’t to be better just don’t bother to do it in the first place.

    • Sahil Kumar Goonraz

      No no no, it would be the biggest change since the release of the original iPad. XD

      • Chris Gaunt

        Ha ha. Indeed! that too!

    • Marco Bartolomeu

      if you are a samsung or android fan why you spend time on a Apple blog???

      • Chris Gaunt

        The only thing Samsung in my home is one of my TVs. Nothing android. Between my wife and I there are two iPhones, two iPads, MacBook Pro and Apple TV. BUT since I still have a sense of humor, I thought I’d post a semi-funny comment. My coworkers actually accuse me of being and Apple fanboy.

      • Cameron Chao

        easy to be an Apple fanboy, they have the best combination of style and function, simply the two biggest reasons i always buy Apple.

      • Marco Bartolomeu

        the only thing i don’t have is apple tv, and don’t know if is worth.. i live in Portugal .. 🙁

      • Nuno123

        In Portugal only for air streaming isn’t Worthing in my opinion.

  • John

    Jeff, there’s no need to speak like that. I couldn’t even get half way through the video, I am sorry.

  • lou08

    I am starting to worry about apple. When the new color is the most bright new feature, that is not what we expect about Apple. Split screen is known from Microsoft and Android, so, there is a gap for space from Apple as real Apple

    • lou08

      in iPad I mostly need something between two systems: iOS and OSX. There’s to much iPhone in iPad

      • DroidDoesnt_2

        Could not agree with you more

      • Nuno123

        It’s practically a bigger iPhone…

    • Marco Bartolomeu

      when apple decide do present you with that, it will be outstanding .. 😛
      but expectations are always high… and sure we want the best…
      but in reality do you use 50% off all the features on any samsung/android?
      i thing to be thiner and larger is not the solution… but to work with iOS or OxMavericks… Its so safe fast and user friendly… i thing they are on the right path.

  • Matt

    I’ve followed Jeff for 3 years and this was the first time I’ve seen his face…

    • Marcus

      I’ve followed him for around 3 years as well, but he unveiled his face at JailbreakCon earlier this year already though. I guess you missed it D: Everyone was so excited hahaha

  • jack

    so, nothing new

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Calm down man it is not even revealed yet 😀

  • Al

    I don’t think they would be adding RAM to the iPad.. They would add it to the iPhone first before they add it to the iPad.

    They will keep RAM in line with the iPhone… until next year when Apple upgrade both iPad & iPhone to 2GB RAM.

  • n0ahcruz3

    2gb ram on the new ipad? Hahahahahaha thanks for the laugh.

  • Julian Gigola

    Online, in-App Pay is available for all devices on iOS 8 though.

  • Ron

    Can you send me the top 5 Touch ID Tweaks

    • HooDatty

      Google is your friend. Idb already did an article on this…

  • Ali Majid

    Hi all
    A little question for ios experts 🙂
    Is ios 8 metal thing work okay on iPhone 5s ??
    I mean once i upgraded but i haven’t noticed any difference and i was playing MC5 (block buster game) and it has an update for metal !!
    So is metal really make difference for iphone 5s or they just saying it make difference ?

    • kron1k 

      It depends on how the game uses it I’m sure. Also the game may not have been built with Metal in mind and they just adapted it to Metal. I can’t say because I haven’t played the game but the difference is all in the eye of the beholder. Some people can pick out visual differences others can’t. Some people are really intriquite others don’t give a sh*t.

      • Ali Majid

        Well, MOdern combat 5 adapted metal and i guess im with the type of people who give a $hit :3

      • Ali Majid

        I was thinking of upgrading to ios 8.0.2 but that mean losing my JB
        So bye bye ios 8 :$

      • kron1k 

        If you’re jb I’d stay jb. IMHO a jb overstates an app upgrade. The reason I’m on 8 is I have a 6+ my backup an iPhone 5 is on 7.0.6 and will stay that way. But it’s totally up to you I’d check YouTube and see if there’s any comparison videos out for metal vs non metal versions of games. Or hopefully someone responds that has tried. Otherwise you can bit the bullet and lose your jb for an update to a game or play the game as it is and keep the jb

      • Ali Majid

        Thanks for the advise !!
        iPhone 6+ is my next phone btw 🙂
        But the prices in iraq are
        6 64GB = 1300$
        6 128 = 1600$
        6+ 16 = 2000$
        I mean that is robbing off in front of your eyes and people are fools to by it
        I will wait until market drops then buy it !!
        Although i might consder waiting for next iphone 6 + because of the bending rumors untill then JB is My little baby !!!

    • Umut Bilgiç

      It does make a diffrence.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    You look better on camera than drawn on a cartoon figure Jeff.

    • Guest

      Can we keep the homo love affair off iDB please?

      • DroidDoesnt_2

        How do you know that isn’t a woman???

      • af0erster31

        idiot

  • oioile

    I look forward to the anti-reflective coating

  • Kurt

    We need front facing speakers like Surface Pro 3. Which aren’t noticeable.

    • But then everyone would say its copying off of the HTC M7 or whatever other device has it now… lol

      • Cameron Chao

        Cant wait for Kurts dream iphone/ipad. Plastic built, split screen multitask with plastic stylus, IR blasters and front facing speaker. Basically a galaxy but with the Apple logo at the back.

    • Cameron Chao

      im quite surprise with your choices in how Apple should improve, most people want battery life, better internal specs, certain features like NFC (in which they usually improve on). You instead want plastic built, IR blasters, screen closer to glass and front facing speakers. Things Apple are the LEAST likely to give. A big word of advice to you is to just leave this forum, because i can assure you Apple wont do a flagship plastic device or IR blasters anytime soon. Stick to samsung, ill respect your decision.

  • Olivio Felipe Cordero

    finally seen who you are lol, your pod cast is the one of the best i live by it lol keeep bring ther information and i will be here the web site is killer, heRES a oldie but a goodie you should talk about logic and garageband cause doctor dre is part of apple now remember he is one of the best hiphop music producer. apple should ask him to improve those DAW PROGRAM I SURPRISE YOU DID NOT TOUCH ON THAT SUBJUECT

  • Just another bastardized ARM tablet…pass.

    • Not everyone wants an ALL in one OS right now. The sales of Windows 8 tablets were low for that very reason. Maybe Windows 10(9) will change that. I hear they are finally bringing the start menu back. Even though they were supposed to add it in 8.1/8.1.1.

      • Not everyone wants a Mac either, and by your logic, the world-wide Mac population is still hovering around 7% for the past 7 years for that very reason.

        I think the Windows 8 tablet sales are slow due to lack of PR. Majority seems to just take the term “tablet” as some limited-ass content consumption toy like the iPad, and unfortunately, majority refer to tablets as iPads now (just look at Microsoft’s recent attempt to advertise the Surface at the NFL). So, if anyone goes asking “where are the iPads” in a retail store, chances are, they get Apple’s ARM tablet.

        That is slowly changing as more and more notice what the Surface Pro has to offer, and thus far, most customer reviews (http://bit ly/1vDfSX2) are expressions of excitement. Most coming from an iPad or some other ARM tablet and a Laptop (including the MacBook Air)…seriously, it’s just the PR that’s missing.

      • Guest

        Not everyone wants a Mac either, and by your logic, the world-wide Mac population is still hovering around 7% for the past 7 years for that very reason.

        I think the Windows 8 tablet sales are slow due to lack of PR. Majority seems to just take the term “tablet” as some limited-ass content consumption toy like the iPad, and unfortunately, majority refer to tablets as iPads now (just look at Microsoft’s recent attempt to advertise the Surface at the NFL). So, if anyone goes asking “where are the iPads” in a retail store, chances are, they get Apple’s ARM tablet.

        That is slowly changing as more and more notice what the Surface Pro has to offer, and thus far, most customer reviews (http://bit ly/1vDfSX2) are expressions of excitement. Most coming from an iPad or some other ARM tablet and a Laptop (including the MacBook Air)…seriously, it’s just the PR that’s missing, it even fits Steve Jobs saying:

      • But my logic didn’t have anything to do with Apple. In fact no other OS was mentioned at all.

      • Your logic of making ignoramus conclusions is what matches that example of Apple.

      • Not everyone wants a Mac either, and by your logic, the world-wide Mac population is still hovering around 7% for the past 7 years for that very reason.

        I think the Windows 8 tablet sales are slow due to lack of PR. Majority seems to just take the term “tablet” as some limited-ass content consumption toy like the iPad, and unfortunately, majority refer to tablets as iPads now (just look at Microsoft’s recent attempt to advertise the Surface at the NFL). So, if anyone goes asking “where are the iPads” in a retail store, chances are, they get Apple’s ARM tablet.

        That is slowly changing as more and more notice what the Surface Pro has to offer, and thus far, most customer reviews (http://bit ly/1vDfSX2) are expressions of excitement. Most coming from an iPad or some other ARM tablet and a Laptop (including the MacBook Air)…seriously, it’s just the PR that’s missing, it even fits Steve Jobs saying:

        “people do not know what they want until you show them.”

        Since Disqus is so damn buggy, a quote would just have to do it.

      • If funny that you would type to much even though I never mentioned anything about any other OS specifically. I like windows but when they merged an OS for both Tablet and desktop it failed. They should have just kept it separate. Especially when it wasn’t even a finished product I feel as though windows 8 was a beta.

      • It’s no funnier than you bringing up All-in-One OSs when I didn’t mention anything about All-in-One OSs specifically.

        “I like windows but when they merged an OS for both Tablet and desktop it failed.”

        Surprise, it was built by humans. It was a new approach to building an Operating System, and it required implementing a lot of code. Any reasonable person wouldn’t be surprised to see that there were bugs and flaws. All of that was fixed in Windows 8.1.1, but unfortunately, people aren’t giving any second chances. It’s Vista all over again; Microsoft implements loads of features in their OS, they get bug complaints, fix them with a service pack, but the damage has already been done and people aren’t giving second chances.

        The same issue is being demonstrated by Apple in iOS 8; when you implement loads of new and distinct features in a software, you should expect to see bugs…unless you’re some god.

        “They should have just kept it separate”

        Someone is really against the evolution of Windows…keep on waiting, Apple will eventually follow the same route. They did the same with 7″ tablets and big screen phones; they bad mouth it, then hypocritically build their own version of the same thing, and die-hard fans like you call it the best thing since sliced bread.

      • Actually Im not against evolution. Im not worried about it being an All in one if its done right. Windows 8 isn’t right but 8.1.1 is getting there. still broken though. They should have kept it separate until it was working.

      • What exactly is your definition of done right? Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s “made by Apple”. Windows 8.1.1’s implementation is right IMO, but I have to admit there are still some invisible bugs that need squashing…there’s always bugs waiting to be found in human-made software.

        “They should have kept it separate until it was working.”

        How do you determine if your software works right for everyone when it’s this versatile? Through beta testing, right, which they had for a year. Turns out, not every bug was found during the beta testing period, not to talk of being reported. So, they release it thinking it’s good…that’s how humans are. Or are you not a human?

      • They pulled the trigger too early and you know it. 8.1.1 should have been 8. Instead they forced everyone to pay to beta test their product.

      • No dude, what they do is make something drastically new, then refine it with the next version. That’s like saying “Android ICS is what Honeycomb should have been”, “iOS 8 is what iOS 7 should have been”, “The PS4 is what the PS3 should have been”, “Broadwell is what Haswell should have been”. Do you get how what you’re saying is mentally reta*ded now?

      • thats what you are. because you still think windows 8 wasn’t a beta test they forced everyone to pay for. It sucks. I’ve told you why before.

    • Cameron Chao

      you pass, for 90% of others, still the only tablet in the market worth buying. Me personally, pass too, i dont have a use for tablets.

      • 90% only know what an iPad is, not what a tablet is, which really sucks for non-Apple brands. Microsoft’s recent attempt to advertise the Surface at the NFL games is an example of that; the coaches were referring to the Surface as an iPad.

      • Kurt

        Really? But the Surface is a powerful device, iPad Air, which I own, is a toy.

      • Yup, that’s actually what happened (http://bit ly/1nasQfH).

  • If the new iPad comes out 12.9 ‘with 1 GB of RAM it would be funny. Waiting amejzing 🙂

  • Eric Wang

    Anyone else thinking about the iPod touch 6G?

  • GadgetQueenn

    Omg, is that Jeff???

  • Jake Sirevaag

    The Air 2 seems like the best thing going in a tablet. This will be my first personal use tablet and I’ve been investigating everything from Apple, the various Android OS models, Microsoft’s “Surface” -even Amazon’s “Fire.” I’m mostly interested in simplicity and an OS that has been made to “play nice” with my most used (non Apple) “apps.” The productivity apps are especially attractive to me and I might actually find good use for Siri (which just might answer to “Hey Siri” without being plugged in). Just to add to the scandal, I am deliberately getting a tablet instead of a phablet or smartphone.

  • Tyler Allen

    Personally I want an iPad Pro. Air is cool and all and it defiantly has its place for certain users, but not me. I already have a Mac Air, iPad mini, & iphone. First starters I want apple to switch back to AMD for everything, and make a more OS X like iOS for the iPad Pro. I’d like it to use thunderbolt as opposed to lightning for its connecter. Leaving Lightning for the iPhone and iPad mini & iPad Air. Lastly and MOST important a boot menu with iOS, & Monitor mode. As in use thunderbolt to thunderbolt for monitor uses. So i could use it as a second monitor with my mac air. As well as use it as a primary monitor for say a mac mini.

  • Tyler Allen

    Personally I want an iPad Pro. Air is cool and all and it defiantly has its place for certain users, but not me. I already have a Mac Air, iPad mini, & iphone. First starters I want apple to switch back to AMD for everything, and make a more OS X like iOS for the iPad Pro. I’d like it to use thunderbolt as opposed to lightning for its connecter. Leaving Lightning for the iPhone and iPad mini & iPad Air. Lastly and MOST important a boot menu with iOS, & Monitor mode. As in use thunderbolt to thunderbolt for monitor uses. So i could use it as a second monitor with my mac air. As well as use it as a primary monitor for say a mac mini.

  • lyn

    just waiting to buy one..when will they be in the store? iPad Air 2