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iPad Air Mockup Gets Rumors Rolling About Upcoming Tablet

By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 01:36 PM

Pictures of a new iPad Air mockup have lit up technology websites this week as Apple fans anticipate the second version of the company's feather-weight tablet computer coming this fall.

According to MacRumors.com, it remains unclear whether the nonfunctioning physical mockup was a "perfect replica" an official prototype developed and considered by Apple or merely a fun fake dreamed up by a fan or accessory maker, but tech enthusiasts hailed its beauty on social media nonetheless.

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Among the mockup's design features are Apple's new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which it introduced last year on the iPhone 5s. This feature is widely expected to grace the final design of the iPad Air 2.

Also present was a recessed space for the volume buttons, which Apple has not featured on any of its previous iPhones or iPads. MacLife.com cautioned that although beautiful, recessed buttons could be rendered out of reach for anyone using a protective case of any significant thickness.

Many noted that right next to the volume buttons was a missing toggle switch used for muting. The sliding switch has been essentially the same on all previous iPads, but the mockup had in its place a small hole. It's unclear whether this was a mistake, a microphone hole, or some sort of newfangled mute switch. It could be a pilot hole that will later be used to guide the machining of a larger port, possibly the standard sliding mute switch.



Last and least among the new features was a rejiggered aluminum unibody case, which had a single row of speaker holes instead of the current double rows.

In years past Apple has launched new iPads in October, and the same is expected for the upcoming iPad Air.



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