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iPad 6 release date, price, specs, new features: When is the iPad Air 2 coming out?

Ashleigh Allsopp | June 23, 2014
We round up everything there is to say about the next generation iPad, dubbed iPad Air 2 or iPad 6, including release date and new features.

iPad 6 rumours: iOS 8
Apple has already shown off iOS 8, the new version of its mobile operating system that we expect will arrive in September with the iPhone 6. The iPad 6 is likely to ship with iOS 8 installed, which means you'll get the improved Photos, Messages, Spotlight and Safari features, and you'll also get new interactive widgets, a QuickType keyboard, Family Sharing, iCloud Drive, Connectivity features and a new generation of apps that can communicate with one another like never before.

One iOS 8 feature we're hoping Apple has yet to show us is split-screen multitasking, which could come to the iPad 6. One developer claims to have spotted evidence that a multitasking feature is coming to the iPad with iOS 8, but we'll have to wait and see whether this rumour is accurate. We certainly hope so, as the ability to run two apps side by side is something we feel the iPad is missing.

iPad 6 rumours: Camera
The iPad Air camera is quite poor for a flagship tablet these days, though we still don't think tablets are a good device for taking photographs with, anyway. Nonetheless we expect an improved camera with the iPad 6.

The iPad Air has a 5Mp camera with none of the extra features you get with the iPhone 5S, so it seems likely that Apple will focus some of its efforts in making the camera better with its next tablet. The front-facing camera could do with an improvement, too, as it's often used for video calling.

iPad 6 rumours: Lightning headphones
The iPad 6 could lack a 3.5mm headphone jack, because Apple has recently announced that third-party manufacturers can make headphones that connect to iOS devices via the iPad's Lightning port, which is also used for charging and syncing the device.

Apple could begin shipping iPads and iPhones with new Lightning Earpods, too.

iPad 6 rumours: Leaked images
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There haven't been many leaked images of the iPad 6 yet, but a series of photographs that emerged on 18 June show an iPad Air with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a slight design modification involving the buttons on the side of the device, and peculiar lack of a lock button.

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The photos, published by Nowhereelse.fr, come from sources in Asia, the reliability of which is unknown.

 

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