New iPads leaked on iTunes Store

An inadvertent (or is it?) slip-up on Apple’s iBooks Store on Wednesday all but confirmed that tomorrow’s media event will in fact serve as a launchpad for a pair of iPad refreshes: a second-generation iPad Air and third-generation iPad mini. Furthermore, the images suggest Touch ID fingerprint scanning for both new tablets, in addition to Burst camera mode for the regular-size iPad.

These revelations were made public via iTunes screenshots for the iOS 8 iPad User Guide that can be downloaded to iBooks, as first discovered by the prolific Apple blogger Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.

As depicted top of post, the Apple-made electronic guide detailing iOS 8 on iPads has now officially confirmed the upcoming devices’ branding as ‘iPad Air 2’ and ‘iPad mini 3’.

And here’s an iTunes Preview of the iPad User Guide for iOS 8 on the web.

New iPads leaked on iTunes Preview

Don’t bother tapping the e-book link for Apple’s already removed the page from iBooks. For what it’s worth, an iTunes Preview on the web was still accessible at post time when following the URL on desktop.

The Burst camera mode was first introduced with the iPhone 5s release last Fall to allow the user to take multiple frames per second, and has since made its way to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

If the iPad User Guide is anything to go by, it would appear that only the second-generation iPad Air 2 will gain an improved camera with Burst mode, not the iPad mini 3.

If true, it seemingly corroborates reports that the upcoming full-size iPad runs a more powerful A8X processor, which leaked yesterday on photos of a claimed printed circuit board.

Couldn’t be more obvious than that, no?

[9to5Mac]

  • Utrarunner5

    how did they let this slip?

    • RarestName

      It’s on iCloud.

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    This was on purpose, this happened right after the Google nexus announcements.

    • Maxim∑

      doubt it, because everyone already knew this. Reveals nothing but touch ID
      Surprise!

      • Jason Baroni

        Yes! It even shows the same design for this year iPads, what could make people consider Google’s redesigned products shown today. There is no sense to leak it after Google’s event.

      • TechLove

        Moreover, nobody is giving a shit for 2 gigs of ram coupled with a dual core 64 bit processor, but when apple announced it, the theories were that withoud 4 gigs of ram and above, 64 bit is a gimmick and apple suck d!ck and iSheeps are loosers.
        These android fanboys are a real pussies nowadays just squirt!ng all over the internet bashing apple and it’s userbase.

      • Maxim∑

        yeah and now suddenly 4:3 is OK. (after the Nexus 9 uses the exact same resolution as the iPads)

      • eXoguti093

        Apple got their ratios right. 4:3 for tablets feels perfect as you use them in landscape and portrait, 16:10 on laptops is even better (I hate those windows laptops with 16:9, it feels squished vertically for some reason like if there was a lack of space), and 16:9 on phones well.. They weren’t the first to do that but glad they understood that it works well.

      • James G

        There is sense to leaking it…think about all the page views and headlines being written right now about this “leak”, distracting people and competing for attention compared to Nexus TV – mission accomplished.

  • Spencer M

    Burst***

  • After downloading this book, it mentions nothing about these two new iPads it seems like the screen shots are the only thing showing new information.

  • Fanboy 

    Why Apple…why? Those of us who prefer the smaller devices (the iPad Mini and iPhone 6 4.7″) have to deal with inferior specs. The iPad Air seems to be getting the actual upgrades, just how the iPhone 6 Plus has the increased resolution/pixel density screen. All the products should have the same specs and be distinguished by the screen size only. If this a tactic to get us to buy the more expensive products it sucks because I choose my products for the screen size and not the price, I have no problem paying for what I want. But I get stuck with a NEW product, that somehow has a product with better specs but I’d have to choose a bigger screen…

  • Jonathan

    Wow, that was a fail from Apple…

    • Dan

      seems to be the trend

  • Dan

    not really liking these trendof better specs on select devices… kinda forces people to spend more just to get certain features

    • Harold

      It didnt force me to buy a thing. So dont generalize. I got the plus bc of the size screen.

      • Dan

        That’s where the kinda comes in

    • James G

      Kind of agree here. The screen res. on the iPhone 6 Plus is just beautiful and sharper than the iPhone 6. I went with the 6 because the Plus is just a beast. But at least I prefer Air over iPad Mini so no worries there.

  • Franklin Richards

    Didn’t Tim Cook say last year that he’ll be doubling down on leaks? Seems like he’s doing a good job.

    • Maxim∑

      he did keep the Apple watch hidden and we know very little about the macs

      • Only because it hadn’t gone into production, once something hits production it’s almost impossible for it not to leak due to 3rd parties being involved.

  • stoopisdoop

    $649! howdy no!

  • James G

    And so continues the season of Apple’s screw ups. What’s going on over there?!

  • Chocolatewe

    2 much money yo

  • Eddiepradom

    You’re drunk Apple. Go home

  • Michael Hulet

    Also, iOS 8.1 for tomorrow was confirmed in that screenshot

  • Dontwannaknow

    Please bring Split screen, Apple! We want to do more on our big screen iPad at the same time.