Apple has ‘accidentally’ leaked details of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 ahead of an official announcement later today. The leak was revealed in an iOS 8.1 iPad user guide for iBooks on iTunes. And it confirms a number of features including Touch ID sensors for both and a ‘Burst Mode’ for taking pictures on the iPad Air 2.
WHAT HAS BEEN LEAKED?
The screenshot from the iOS 8.1 user guide for iBooks confirms the names of the two new devices – the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. Both devices now have a Touch ID sensor in their home button, which was first employed on Apple’s iPhone 5S and now also features on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The images also reveal the iPad Mini will have an iSight camera. And the iPad Air 2 has also been confirmed to have a Burst Mode like the iPhone 6, which lets the user take multiple photos but holding the picture button and then pick their favourite.
Apple has since taken the images down from its website and is yet to comment after MailOnline contacted them. The names of both devices have also been confirmed as the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, with their appearances remaining almost unchanged from their predecessors. This marks a shift back to the numbering scheme for iPads after the previous round of releases. Today will also likely see the release of iOS 8.1, which will include Apple’s mobile payment service, Apple Pay. It’s also rumoured that Apple will introduce a new iMac with a Retina display today alongside their new operating system – OS X Yosemite. A more powerful processor and better camera optics can also be expected for both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. The leak came just minutes after Google revealed unveiled its new operating system, Lollipop, alongside the new Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet yesterday. Both mobile devices will run the new version of the firm’s mobile operating system, Android 5.0, which has been confirmed to have the name Lollipop. The Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone comes with a 5.96-inch Quad HD screen and a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera. The Nexus 6 also has dual front-facing speakers designed to offer better quality audio, says Google. The handset sports a feature called Turbo Charger, which can give the phone up to six hours of battery life from just a 15 minute charge. The phone also boasts new hands-free voice activated functions. It will come in two colours: midnight blue and cloud white and two storage options, 32 or 64GB. And before Apple unveils its updated iPad family, the search giant has shown off its new Nexus 9 tablet, made by HTC. The tablet, which is smaller than an iPad, but larger than and iPad Mini, is built for multi-tasking and has a brushed aluminium frame with a ‘soft grip’ back. An upgrade in terms of size as well as internals on Google’s existing Nexus 7, the new Nexus 9 has a 8.9-inch screen, and weighs in at 420g, making it 50g lighter than an iPad Air.
THE NEXUS 6 SMARTPHONE
Screen: 5.96 inch display, 1440 x 2560 resolution (493ppi)
Platform: Android Lollipop
Processor: Snapdragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz with Adreno 420 GPU for graphics
Memory: 32GB or 64GB
Sound: Dual front-facing speakers
Camera: 13MP camera with image stabilisation and 2MP front-facing camera
Battery: 24 hours with a full charge, plus TurboCharger for 6 hours life in 15 minutes of charging
Price: Not yet confirmed
Launch date: November, with pre-order beginning on October 29