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iPad Air 2 leak reveals faster A8X processor, 2GB of RAM & more

By April Taylor , Oct 13, 2014 07:32 AM EDT

The upcoming iPad Air 2 is the star of a new leak just three days ahead of its expected debut, hinting at exciting things.

Apple is hosting a special event on Thursday, Oct. 16, where it is expected to take the wraps off its next-generation tablets - the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 - and perhaps other products such as iMacs as well.

As always ahead of big product unveilings, the rumor mill is going into overdrive trying to anticipate what to expect. The purported second-generation iPad Air has already leaked on several occasions so far, and the latest leak now consists of some alleged images of the tablet's internal components.

These intriguing images surfaced over the weekend from Taiwanese publication Apple Club. The photos allegedly show the iPad Air 2's logic board, complete with Apple's A8X processor, as well as a cable for the Touch ID fingerprint reader embedded in the home button, a cable for the volume rocker, and the front panel assembly. The publication points out that the A8X chip the iPad Air 2 will boast is an upgrade over the existing A8 powering the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Moreover, the report notes that Apple will pack 2GB of RAM instead of the 1GB found on the original iPad Air, which would fall in line with previous leaks regarding the iPad Air 2.

The front panel assembly and the Touch ID cable also seem to fall in line with earlier leaks, suggesting that the iPad Air 2 may have a fingerprint sensor just like the iPhone. The volume buttons, meanwhile, apparently include what looks like a microphone.

As Slashgear further points out, the purported logic board layout seen in these images also seems to be slightly different compared to the one found on the existing iPad Air. More specifically, the iPad Air 2 seems to have a dedicated space for the SIM card slot, rather than a separate compartment.

It all remains in the rumor state for now, however, so it is best to take all leaks and speculation with a grain of salt. With Apple's event just around the corner, we'll soon know all there is to know about the new iPads straight from the source.

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