Apple is set to announce new iPads next week on October 16, but the rumor mill hasn’t stopped yet. The iPad Air 2 is expected to come with a generous performance boost, with some rumors claiming that the new tablet will come with 2GB of RAM.
According to the Chinese repair site GeekBar, the iPad Air 2 could come with 2GB of RAM instead of the usual 1GB that we’ve seen on the past couple of iPads, including the current iPad Air.
We certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see a RAM upgrade in the iPad Air 2, but Apple has never been one to focus on memory in its devices, seeing as how the company goes as long as possible before they simply need to update it in order to run the latest version of iOS. For example, the iPhone 6 still has the same 1GB that was in the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5.
However, the iPad Air 2 could be a different story, as the device will mostly be focused on for performance value. The tablet is expected to get a faster processor, a better camera, and a couple of new added features that users will enjoy. A bump to 2GB could very well be in the cards come next week when Apple will officially unveil the new device.
We’ll no doubt find out what Apple has been planning come next week. We’ve heard plenty of rumors recently about the possibility of Apple launching new iPads in October, which isn’t too surprising considering that the company has announced new iPads in October for the past couple of years. However, Apple might also take that time to launch OS X Yosemite to the public, as well as announce a new iMac model.
Not a whole lot is known about the iPad Air 2 or the iPad mini 3, but we’ve seen some other leaked photos that suggest what we might see in a couple of weeks.
The iPad Air 2 isn’t expected to get a huge redesign, as the iPad Air was the model to see a major refresh. Apple typically doesn’t overhaul its products’ designs until a couple of generations have passed, so we can expect the iPad Air 2 to keep the same overall look as the iPad Air, except for some small, but impactful changes.
The new iPad could come with recessed volume and power buttons, as well as a redesigned speaker grille. The volume buttons look to keep the same design as the iPad Air, but are simply recessed slightly into the body of the tablet. As for the speaker grille, the leaked photos that we’ve seen show the iPad sporting a single horizontal line of larger holes, which is a drastic difference than the smaller holes that were arranged in two rows on the iPad Air.
Furthermore, it’s already been rumored a couple times this year that the iPad would get Touch ID fingerprint sensor capabilities. We even saw hints of Touch ID capabilities in the code of iOS 7.1 back in April, and a few days later we heard that one of Apple’s part suppliers were cranking out Touch ID fingerprint sensors in large quantities.
Touch ID was definitely one of the features that users were looking forward to ahead of the iPad Air event back in October last year, especially after it was introduced on the new iPhone 5s just a month earlier, but Apple sadly did not deliver such a feature.
And could we see an even higher-resolution on the iPad Air 2. It’s very possible, but we’re taking things with a grain of salt for now.