Apple leaked iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 details and names on Wednesday night, according to the October 15 report in Ars Technica. This time the source of the leak is Apple, which accidently posted a new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 User Guide to iBooks before these products are introduced today at Apple’s event. The manual includes screenshots of both the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 with descriptions.
It is an interesting coincidence that this leak happened while Google was still basking in its Nexus event. Within minutes, tech writers were talking about the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 leak rather than Google’s new Nexus 6 phone and Nexus 9 tablet which Google introduced minutes before the Apple leak. Google launched its event last night because it wanted to steal some of Apple’s limelight today.
The leaked screenshots confirm many previous iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 leaks and add new details. First, the successors to iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display are indeed going to be officially called “iPad Air 2” and “iPad mini 3”. Both iPads will have the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the Home button, and both will keep the Side Switch and Volume buttons.
Because Touch ID is coming to the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both will be able to use Apple Pay, a new mobile payment system that Apple is launching this month. This news means that iOS 8.1 is going to be released soon, possibly today. iOS 8.1 will correct some iOS 8.0 bugs and enable Apple Pay.
The new leaked screenshots also confirm that the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 iSight cameras are getting the Burst Mode feature, which was first introduced in iPhone 5s. Burst Mode captures ten photos a second and then suggests to you which photo came out best.
Besides Burst Mode and Touch ID, the iPad Air 2 may get an A8X processor and 2GB of RAM (double the amount in iPad Air), and an M8 co-processor. Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will get improved camera specs.
In addition, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will probably be available in gold-color as well as space gray and silver. Also, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 may come with a new, anti-reflection screen making them easier to read in sunlight.
Today’s Apple event is going to include lots of other new products, like an iMac with Retina display along with upgraded features. Also, “Yosemite” may be officially released for free. “Yosemite” is the operating system for Apple’s desktops and laptops. Apple’s event starts at 1 p.m. (Eastern) with the spotlight on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.