Photos of iPad Air 2 physical mockup surface with Touch ID, depressed volume buttons, new speaker grille

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New images of a physical mockup being touted as a “perfect replica” of the upcoming iPad Air have surfaced, showing that Apple may have a few minor changes in store for the device that we didn’t quite expect including a slightly modified volume rocker and a new look for the speaker grille.

The photos have surfaced via French publication Nowhereelse.fr, which is known for hardware leaks of this kind. The changes seen in the physical mockup include slightly depressed volume buttons, and the unsurprising inclusion of a Touch ID sensor (as you can see in the photo above).
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As you can see above, there’s a small hole in place of the mute switch. These kinds of holes are not rare in manufacturing prototype, and could simply be showing the placement of where the feature is intended to be located on a future hardware revision. But there are other minor changes including the placement of the speaker grille. There’s now two sets of larger holes on both sides of the lightning port as seen below:
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We expect the next generation of iPads to be released later this year, and it’s likely we’ll be seeing Touch ID on them as Apple recently announced that the feature will now be accessible by third-party developers. For the rest of the images, head over to the source link.
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[Nowhereelse.fr]

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