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Supposed 'iPad Air 2' dummy suggests Apple may have toyed with recessed volume buttons

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While Apple's next-generation full-sized iPad isn't expected to see a major redesign this year, a new set of dummy models claiming to show the look of 2014 iPad Air feature tweaked volume buttons with a new, recessed design, along with a Touch ID enabled home button.




The nonfunctioning dummy model shows an indented space for two elongated volume buttons, representing a change from the current iPad Air where the buttons protrude. The mockup was first spotlighted on Tuesday by Nowhereelse.fr.

Strangely, the dummy device also lacks a mute/orientation lock switch above the volume buttons, and instead has just a small circular hole. To date, all iPad models have featured a toggle switch above the volume controls, just like every iPhone.




Of course, it's possible that the mockup is a fabrication, or represents a design that Apple tested but ultimately decided not to use. An updated iPad Air is expected to arrive this fall, about one year after the launch of the 2013 model.

The mockup of a white iPad also shows the same design of a blank home button with silver ring around it found on the white iPhone 5s with Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple is widely expected to bring Touch ID to its iPad lineup later this year, allowing for secure access to its tablets and also potentially opening the door for quick multi-user support or other advanced functions.




A pair of other minor changes are also portrayed in the mockup. The alleged design has a tiny circular microphone hole next to the camera hole, which would be a change from the elongated microphone hole that is centered atop the current iPad Air.




And finally, on the bottom of the mockup device, the stereo speaker grille located to the left and right of the Lightning connector space features a single row of circles. The current iPad Air features two rows of smaller circles for its speaker grille.
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Looks like the real thing.
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post #3 of 34
Looks real.
If it's a fake, the people who made it understand Apple very well. Those recessed buttons make a lot of sense.
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Looks real, what we expect as an update.
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I'll hold off for the Ipad Pro if there such a thing.
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Fake¡ Apple does everything symmetrical which means recessed buttons would be in the very center of the device. I mean the very center of all three axes.
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I'm not surprised that it looks almost the same as the current iPad Air. When your basic design isn't broken, there is no need to change it.

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That actually looks nice and makes sense. That design has alot of advantages. 

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That actually looks nice and makes sense. That design has alot of advantages. 
Tell that to the MacRumors crowd whining about no stereo speakers. lol.gif
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What is the hole next to the volume control?

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The recessed power button on the top (when in portrait orientation) is welcomed. 

 

At least for me, when I'm playing Airwings... I mean, working on spreadsheets, sometimes I hit the button and shut the iPad down right in the middle of a game, I mean spreadsheet.

 

I consider that punishment for not flipping the iPad so those buttons are higher up and away from my hands.

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Looks reasonable to me.  I mean, the TouchID certainly has a, what?  99.999999% chance of happening?

 

And the recessed buttons are a slight but sensible change.  

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What is the hole next to the volume control?

From Mac Rumors:

 

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Nowhereelse.fr mentions that the mute switch is also missing, although there is a small hole where the feature is usually located. Unfinished protoype and mockup parts sometimes feature these pilot holes to guide machining of the final hole. 
post #14 of 34
Actually, these photos look fake to me. To my eyes, the depth of field seems just a hair off on the features in question.
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Actually, these photos look fake to me. To my eyes, the depth of field seems just a hair off on the features in question.

 

The images are obviously of a real object. That says nothing whatsoever as to the accuracy thereof, however.

 

Remember that last year's iPad mockups included TouchID. Of course, those also had the orientation lock switch, which this moron decided no one wants anymore.

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I'll hold off for the Ipad Pro if there such a thing.

Personally, I'm holding off for the iPad 12, due in late 2020. "If there such a thing."

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What is the hole next to the volume control?

On a Windows Mobile device, it would be where you insert a sharp object to reboot the device when Windows Mobile inevitably locked up. 1wink.gif

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What is the hole next to the volume control?

They say it could be a guide hole for further machining but there's no reason that a toggle switch has to be a physical switch. It could be a sensor that toggles when you touch it. Perhaps it can work as both mute and orientation lock if it uses swipes. Swipe over it upwards to lock orientation, swipe up again to unlock, swipe down to mute, swipe down to unmute. It wouldn't enable accidentally as you'd have to do the gesture. One less moving part to break.
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Looks real.
If it's a fake, the people who made it understand Apple very well. Those recessed buttons make a lot of sense.

That is the first thing I thought. Recessing those buttons would be a huge improvement over current designs on both iPads.
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What is the hole next to the volume control?

They say it could be a guide hole for further machining but there's no reason that a toggle switch has to be a physical switch. It could be a sensor that toggles when you touch it. 

I don't know about a sensor. On my iPhone it shows red marker when toggled. I don't think Apple would want to loose that subtle detail. If it was a sensor, it would need to be an LED indicator too and that would draw power.

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It could be a sensor that toggles when you touch it.

 

Sounds awful. Accidental touches ahoy, if it's anything like the ambient light sensor.

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Any innovation in specs? Higher resolution screen for example?
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Any innovation in specs? Higher resolution screen for example?
Spec innovation! They're now in blue!
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Spec innovation! They're now in blue!

Lol
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Tell that to the MacRumors crowd whining about no stereo speakers. lol.gif

 

The more I hear about MacRumors, the more I am glad I don't visit that site.

 

I personally think it makes no sense to try and listen to music on the iPad or iPhone speakers. Use earphones/ headphones/ speakers/ Air-play.

I mean, really, what kind of stereo separation are you expecting along the width of an iPad?

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This reminds me of a funny story: "a ventriloquist and an iPad Air 2 dummy walk into a bar..."

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This reminds me of a funny story: "a ventriloquist and an iPad Air 2 dummy walk into a bar..."

And say ow...?

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The more I hear about MacRumors, the more I am glad I don't visit that site.

 

I personally think it makes no sense to try and listen to music on the iPad or iPhone speakers. Use earphones/ headphones/ speakers/ Air-play.

I mean, really, what kind of stereo separation are you expecting along the width of an iPad?

 

MacRumors is ridiculous.  It wasn't always like this -- sad, really.  But it really is awful.

post #29 of 34
Yes, it is real.

The volume buttons have to be like that. It is very thin, closer to 6mm now, so the buttons are more towards the bottom, pointing down, than to the sides.

The little hole above the volume is simple a Pilot Hole. This piece isn't finished yet. That hole is for the mute switch to be machined later.
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Originally Posted by ajarn View Post
Yes, it is real.

 

We’ll hold you to that.

 
 The volume buttons have to be like that.

 

I doubt it.

 
That hole is for the mute switch to be machined later.

 

Are you looking at it? It’s far too small for a switch.

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post #31 of 34

I actually like the current design of the iPad Air, the tablet just need a few refinements and it will be just fine. It's time to start saving as I prepare to pick up a new and improved Air on its launch date. Finally Touch ID on my iPad :-)

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I actually like the current design of the iPad Air, the tablet just need a few refinements and it will be just fine. It's time to start saving as I prepare to pick up a new and improved Air on its launch date. Finally Touch ID on my iPad :-)

 

Shouldn't have to save too much, really, assuming you sell your iPad Air to Gazelle or whomever.

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Shouldn't have to save too much, really, assuming you sell your iPad Air to Gazelle or whomever.
Agreed! I currently own a 16GB iPad mini Retina and will sell it on Gazelle. I hope I get a reasonable price for it.
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Agreed! I currently own a 16GB iPad mini Retina and will sell it on Gazelle. I hope I get a reasonable price for it.

 

Well, as of NOW, Gazelle would give me $350 for my iPad Air 64GB WiFi only.  So, not bad.

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