Images show a new design, including a speaker grille and relocated microphone

New Apple iPad Air 2 photos leaked

New photos allegedly showing the rear shell of the iPad Air 2, have been posted on blogging site Weibo.

Mac Otakara released the images, posted by Taiwan accessory maker Yi Lin Enterprises, of the gold shell, with a number of design changes, including a new speaker grille and a relocated microphone beside the iSight camera.

Apple’s iPad Air 2 is expected to launch later this year, alongside the iPad mini 3, with rumours suggesting the Air will include a faster A8 processor as well as the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

This news comes after previous images were released of the non-functional replica of the tablet back in June, which featured a Touch ID button and recessed volume buttons.

The prototype followed the leak of images showing a front panel, which showed an integrated display, hinting at the possibilities of a thinner form factor for the new device.

Other reports also suggest that the new device will feature a 9.7-inch Retina LCD Display.

Further rumours surround Apple’s iPhone 6, which will allegedly be launched on Tuesday, October 14th. The new model is expected to feature a 10MP camera and NFC connectivity.

This is in keeping with rumours that Apple will hold a media event on September 16th detailing new products. 

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