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iPad Air 2 features to include TouchID fingerprint sensor?

Alleged images of a dummy iPad Air 2 have emerged online, showcasing several of the upcoming tablet’s features.

Although this is only a mock-up of the potential design of the iPad Air 2, it gives us an idea as to what we can expect to see in the iPad Air successor.

It looks like Apple should introduce the iPhone 5S’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the iPad range with the iPad Air 2.

As you can see in the image above, discovered by Ubergizmo, the home button of the supposed iPad Air 2 is enclosed by the same metal ring as found in the iPhone 5S.

Apple paid particular attention during its annual WWDC conference this year to the new Touch ID APIs for developers, which will let them introduce fingerprint recognition features to third-party apps.

Due to this, Apple is bound to introduce the Touch ID technology to the full range of its mobile products.

The iPad Air 2 is expected to be shown off towards the end of 2014, following in the footsteps of the original iPad Air unveiled in November last year.

Aside from this new fingerprint sensor, the actual design of the iPad Air 2 is strikingly similar to that of its predecessor, apart from a few new holes.

If you look at the rear camera, there’s an unusual hole beside it. It looks like Apple has moved the rear microphone from the centre top to the right hand side of the main camera sensor.

The front camera also has a similar hole below it, so Apple could have relocated the second microphone as well.

As for other specs, although there’s nothing in this leak, a new report from 9to5mac states that the iPad Air 2 display will offer the same 2048 x 1536p Retina resolution as the current model.

It will supposedly pack the same next-gen Apple A8 processor as the iPhone 6 though, which is rumoured to bring battery life boosts and more power efficiency across the board.

The rear camera is expected to jump from 5- to 8-megapixels, while the front-camera is tipped to increase from 1.2- to 1.5-megapixels.

Read more: iPad Air vs iPad mini 2 Retina

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