iPad 6 Update: Touch ID Home Button Revealed, Design is Nearly Identical to iPad Air

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | June 21, 2014 1:00 PM EST

An iPad 6 photo and so-called dummy design leak from reports in Asia, which also indicate that volume production of the device has entered the early phase.

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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retnia display during an Apple event in San Francisco, California Oct. 22, 2013.

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The leak just proves what is expected from the iPad Air 2 or iPad 6 as both Sonny Dickson and Phone Arena have publicised photos that reveal the upcoming device showing a Touch ID home button, and displaying a design that is nearly identical to that of the current iPad Air model.

Sonny Dickson, an Australian blogger, who is also known for leaking iDevices in the past, posted a picture of the so-called iPad 6 on Twitter on Tuesday. As seen it the photo he tweeted, it is clearly seen that the upcoming iPad 6 or iPad Air 2 tablet will take cues and suggestions from the iPhone 5 and have a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. If the photo is right and precise, then the iPad 6 will possibly weigh around 484 g, which is only a little heavier than the current iPad Air model.

It's not only Sonny Dickson who leaked a photo of the iPad Air 2, Phone Arena also leaked iPad Air 2 images this week. The photos reportedly show the final design of the tablet. According to the pictures, the iPad Air 2 will have the same dimensions, design, ports, camera, and button placements, same as the old versions of it, aside from some minor tweaks and adjustments. These include a microphone opening next to the camera unit on the rear as well as the Touch ID home button as mentioned above.

Aside from the iPad 6 design, the rumoured internal specs include Apple's 64-bit A8 processor as well as enhancements to both the main and rear cameras.

Thus far, the release date of iPad 6 has yet to be declared, but in traditional Apple fashion, the company will possibly debut the next-gen tablets around October of this year. Also, according to the famous analyst, Ming Chi Kuo, the iPad Air 2 will launch with the iPad Mini 3 in a singular grand event, likely between September and October.

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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook speaks about the new iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retnia display during an Apple event in San Francisco, California Oct. 22, 2013.
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