Photos of iPad Air 2 Back Casing Appear Online

Most of the buzz surrounds the forthcoming iPhones, but we'll also be getting new iPads this fall. Everyone is expecting them to have Touch ID and an A8 processor, but not much else was known. Now some photos allegedly showing the back casing of the iPad Air 2 have been posted online, and, if legitimate, provide a number of additional details. 

The photos were first posted on Weibo by user Weibo user Elam. They show a gold-colored casing and a new speaker grill with a single row of larger holes located on either side of the Lightning connector. In addition, the microphone appears to be relocated to the rear next to the iSight camera. Interestingly, the casing doesn't have a cutout for the mute button that's on current iPads. Instead, there's a new pinhole located above the volume buttons, the purpose of which is unknown. The back of the casing has a cutout Apple logo similar to that on the iPad mini with retina display.

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It's exciting to start getting some leaked photos of the forthcoming iPads, since I'm mainly an iPad guy. I'm likely to spring for a new iPad mini to go along with my iPad Air.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.