So the iOS 8.1 User Guide just went up on Apple’s iTunes Store, and someone at Apple is sheepishly looking around, hoping no one noticed. Apple seems to have spilled the beans about the heavily rumored iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, which we can finally confirm to be announced tomorrow. Earlier there were onslaughts of iPad rumors and there were even concerns that Apple may not announce the much awaited tablets, in all this confusion. So here you have it folks, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 are all set to make an appearance on stage tomorrow.
The guide – which has now been pulled – features images of two variants of the iPad, which seem to be the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. The guide confirms the rumors of the Touch ID Home button that the iPads will be sporting, allowing users to use the Apple Pay service with their iPads as well. As speculated to offer a newer better camera, the guide also shows the iPad Air 2 supporting the ‘Burst Shots’ feature – originally introduced with the iPhone 5s.
Some hardware photo leaks of a supposedly iPad Air 2, suggested the absence of the Mute/Screen Rotation switch on the device but the button can be clearly seen in iPad mini picture in the guide. However, there’s no rear photo of the iPad Air 2 in the guide so, we’re still left speculating on its arrival.
If the guide here is any hint, Apple has retained the existing design it had been using for the previous generation iPads, so all those waiting for an iPhone 6 like transformation will be dismayed a bit. Earlier, Hajek – a well known designer – released rendered images of what the new iPads may look like if it carried the iPhone 6/6 Plus’ design language, and it honestly looked pretty slick. Perhaps, next year?
Apple will be introducing the new iPads tomorrow at its event at Cupertino. We can expect the iPads to sport an A8X processor, an anti-reflective display, and an upgraded camera. Apple is rumored to be making its new product line up available to the consumers on October 24, almost a week after the Apple event and has already begun shipping its products to the U.S in mass quantities.
You may believe someone over at Apple is being grilled for this slip up, but I find it funny that this happened just moments after Google announced the released its new Nexus line-up of devices, and the new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS to go with them.
What do you think about this user guide, does it paint an accurate picture? Do you believe it’s a marketing ploy by Apple? Sound off in the comments sections below!