Details of Apple Inc.'s iPad Air 2 have been fairly sparse in comparison to the daily flood of iPhone 6 rumors this summer. But as the company’s Thursday media event approaches, new photos have surfaced purporting to show parts of the next generation iPad Air.
The company is expected to unveil a number of new products that include 4K resolution iMacs and an upgraded iPad Air, which some are calling the iPad Air 2. Unfortunately, the Cupertino, California, technology firm isn’t planning to unveil a rumored high-resolution Retina MacBook Air this Thursday, according to Re/Code.
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Among the additions to the iPad Air 2 is a variant of the A8 processor, called the A8X, according to photos published by Taiwanese repair website, Apple Club. Additional images provided by the site suggest that the iPad Air 2 will also contain 2GB of RAM provided by Micron Technology’s Elpida Memory.
Apple devices have contained only 1GB of RAM for some time, including its latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. But the inclusion of a separate faster processor along with what appears to be 2GB of RAM signals that the company is looking to expand the capabilities of its line of tablets.
Storage modules in the leaked images also show a 16GB storage chip, which suggests that Apple isn’t eliminating its base option anytime soon. This does raise the possibility that Apple may mirror its iPhone 6 storage options, which dropped the 32GB option in favor of a 64GB option.
An update to Apple’s high-resolution Retina iPad Mini is also expected to unveil alongside the iPad Air 2 this Thursday, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The company is expected to beginning offering new cases and covers in conjunction with its latest tablets.
Apple is expected to unveil its new devices on Thursday at 1 p.m. EDT at its Cupertino headquarters. In addition to iPads, a new iMac, Mac Mini and OS X Yosemite are among the products anticipated to be announced.