Next generation iPad Air comes into focus

Apple just can't seem to get a break when it comes to leaks as the "iPad Air 2" has found its way online sporting a Touch ID finger sensor that can currently be found on the iPhone 5S. While the world has been focused on the upcoming iPhone 6, it was only natural that Apple would be preparing successors to some of its most popular devices like the iPad Air and iPad Mini. 

As the iPhone 6 has also been outed, it's time to take a look at Apple's next tablet, the iPad Air 2. While we don't know if this is an official title, the pictured tablet will likely become the successor to the current iPad Air. Although most leaks are taken with a grain of salt, NowhereElse has been fairly reliable when it comes to Apple leaks, exposing the original iPad Mini before its official release. 

The iPad Air 2 also has a couple aesthetic changes as well, including sleep/wake/power and volume buttons that sit flush with the unit. NowhereElse also reports that the obtained dummy model does not have a lock switch. This is currently used to lock orientation or mute the sound. Although this is dummy unit, it gives us a fairly reliable look at what could possibly be the next iPad Air.

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amazes me when people say Apple products hold their value better than most. They really don't

every apple product I've ever sold has dropped like a stone

the best product for holding its value I had was the Nexus 4

glen8 said,
amazes me when people say Apple products hold their value better than most. They really don't

every apple product I've ever sold has dropped like a stone

the best product for holding its value I had was the Nexus 4

It's a known fact Apple products have one of the highest value retentions in the world. I'm sorry that didn't happen in your case.

As someone who bought the iPhone 4 and Nexus 4 on release dates - I think you are completely wrong.

iPhone 4 purchased for £500 June 2010 - can currently get £85 on Mazuma mobile
That's 17% of the original price, and has depreciated at 1.38%/month (83% over 60 months)

Nexus 4 purchased for £279 November 2012 - can currently get £55 on Mazuma mobile
That's 19% of the original price but is 2 years newer than the iPhone 4. It has depreciated at 4.5%/month (81% over 18 months)

http://www.mazumamobile.com/se...le/mobiles/nexus-4-8gb/2036
http://www.mazumamobile.com/se.../mobiles/iphone-4-16gb/1520

It really depends on who is buying. I sold a 3 year old McBook Pro for about 33% of its original price. I was going to sell another one but it overheated and died, so I just sold it to one of those "we buy it even if it's broken" places for maybe 10-15% of the original price.

With that said, one time I also sold a 6 year old Dell Inspiron laptop which was originally cost about $1200... sold for $500. I was really surprised someone paid that much, because it didn't even have a good battery anymore (and I made that clear to the buyer).

Enron said,
It really depends on who is buying. I sold a 3 year old McBook Pro for about 33% of its original price.

Yeah, you can't expect a computer made by Ronald McDonald to hold much of its resale value. ;)

Enron said,

With that said, one time I also sold a 6 year old Dell Inspiron laptop which was originally cost about $1200... sold for $500. I was really surprised someone paid that much, because it didn't even have a good battery anymore (and I made that clear to the buyer).

Back in early 2011, I bought a Dell Latitude D820 notebook manufactured circa 2006 for $200 on Craigslist. I found an old review for this model, and it said that the "high end" configuration was priced at $2300. That was some major depreciation!

After I purchased it, I upgraded the RAM to 4GB (from 2GB) and replaced the 100GB HDD with a 320GB HDD. I ended up selling it on eBay a few months ago for $350. :)

The reason I was able to get so much for it was because it had the old-school 16:10 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1200 resolution display, which is basically non-existent on newer machines.

stevan said,

It's a known fact Apple products have one of the highest value retentions in the world. I'm sorry that didn't happen in your case.

Not any more than anything else actually. It is a bargan to get a year old Apple product that cost less than a newer one. If I can buy an iPad 4 for $400 because its a year old vs paying $599 for the latest model which isn't that much different from the previous one, then I will buy the older model. But just because I can sell it for just $100 less than what paid, isn't really hold any special resale value.

Every smartphone and tablet I have every owned, I have sold them for equal or more than what I paid for it. Example, the last iPhone I owned the iPhone 4 64GB, I paid 399.99 on contract at Best Buy. I sold it just over 6 months later for $650, which is $249 less than the off contract price - this you can confirm. My sell ID on eBay is LivenLife4Me.

The reason their resale valus is high is very simple. ALL...and when I say ALL I mean ALL. ALL Apple products are roughly 20%-40% markup over the industry standard price for a comparable option from another OEM. That is FACT NOT FICTION! So if you resell your item for 40% less a year later, it is a bargain if that is what you want and don't want to choose another option.

But look now, Samsung is now offering the Galaxy Tab S, it is price 100% identical to the iPad and it offers more. Who do you think is going to los this battle where the cost isn't a factor, but where cost is the same the rest isn't?

DomZ said,
As someone who bought the iPhone 4 and Nexus 4 on release dates - I think you are completely wrong.

iPhone 4 purchased for £500 June 2010 - can currently get £85 on Mazuma mobile
That's 17% of the original price, and has depreciated at 1.38%/month (83% over 60 months)

Nexus 4 purchased for £279 November 2012 - can currently get £55 on Mazuma mobile
That's 19% of the original price but is 2 years newer than the iPhone 4. It has depreciated at 4.5%/month (81% over 18 months)

http://www.mazumamobile.com/se...le/mobiles/nexus-4-8gb/2036
http://www.mazumamobile.com/se.../mobiles/iphone-4-16gb/1520

You need to redo your math. The iPhone 4 came out in 2010...its only 2014 not making the device 48 months old, not 60.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
You need to redo your math. The iPhone 4 came out in 2010...its only 2014 not making the device 48 months old, not 60.

That's even better. It depreciated less then.

stevan said,

That's even better. It depreciated less then.

But that doesn't matter.
A Porsche holds a high resale value vs a Camry, which one do you see more of on the road?

Here is what you guy never look at. When it comes to value and price, the only reason Apple devices hold a high mark, because they are the only devices that run iOS. Thank God for small favors. When it comes to other OEM's, because there is more than one OEM selling a similar product, where hardware is typically the same, the only fight that is left is cost.

A Android device will have in "some" cases a lesser resale value vs an Apple product of similar caliper simply because you can always get a newer device for similar cost. Example, right now I can purchase an Android tablet with very good specs and recent versions of Android for a cost of 199-899. In that price rage I can literally choose from over 25 options. Because of there, there is simply no point in even looking at an older device. Why should I? Right now I can get a brand new device from another OEM for less, equal or more than an Apple option and I will still save more money over time.

FACT - In one year of ownership of an iPad vs any comparable option at an equal price of $499...In 6 months of ownership of an iPad, it will cost me more to own it vs any alternative option which I could own for a full year.

If you "want" OS X or iOS you only have one option. When you only have one option you can set a higher cost. Because that cost is so high, when you resale, that resale cost is still high. It's literally both good and bad. The good thing is, I never have to settle for a second hand model of an iPad, because in that same year I can get a brand new option with better features and capabilities for the same cost.

The fact that Apple only sold about 1M more iPad's this time vs the same time last year, kinda shows you that the iPad fad is finally wearing down as the sales though still up, are down overall when Apple was selling several million more per year than they are now.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,
But that doesn't matter.
A Porsche holds a high resale value vs a Camry, which one do you see more of on the road?

Here is what you guy never look at. When it comes to value and price, the only reason Apple devices hold a high mark, because they are the only devices that run iOS. Thank God for small favors. When it comes to other OEM's, because there is more than one OEM selling a similar product, where hardware is typically the same, the only fight that is left is cost.

A Android device will have in "some" cases a lesser resale value vs an Apple product of similar caliper simply because you can always get a newer device for similar cost. Example, right now I can purchase an Android tablet with very good specs and recent versions of Android for a cost of 199-899. In that price rage I can literally choose from over 25 options. Because of there, there is simply no point in even looking at an older device. Why should I? Right now I can get a brand new device from another OEM for less, equal or more than an Apple option and I will still save more money over time.

FACT - In one year of ownership of an iPad vs any comparable option at an equal price of $499...In 6 months of ownership of an iPad, it will cost me more to own it vs any alternative option which I could own for a full year.

If you "want" OS X or iOS you only have one option. When you only have one option you can set a higher cost. Because that cost is so high, when you resale, that resale cost is still high. It's literally both good and bad. The good thing is, I never have to settle for a second hand model of an iPad, because in that same year I can get a brand new option with better features and capabilities for the same cost.

The fact that Apple only sold about 1M more iPad's this time vs the same time last year, kinda shows you that the iPad fad is finally wearing down as the sales though still up, are down overall when Apple was selling several million more per year than they are now.

The concept of a depreciation value is lost on you. Look at the post several up. Read it twice please.

stevan said,

The concept of a depreciation value is lost on you. Look at the post several up. Read it twice please.

hat you don't seem to get is that doesn't matter. Apple release a new device only once per year. Apple never lowers price on the previous model until the new one is release. Other OEM's release newer hardware on a much regular basis, which causes prices t drop faster.

As I stated, with other platforms I never have to worry about depreciation because it simply doesn't matter. When you buy a new device it is already outdated the following month. In fact, when it comes to Apple, their products are outdated before they even hit the shelf. A Dodge SUV will depreciate faster than one of the same class under another brand like Honda. So?

What is so great about competition is that, I never have to buy an older device...EVER! For what I pay for a brand new one, if a nicer one comes 6 months later and I want it, I can simply go buy it, transfer all my stuff and I will have spent and bought 2 options for the price of one Apple option.

Apple products sell at a high level even used because people are stupid enough to pay it. Not everyone is. And yes I realize they have every right to make that choice. Well, a person has a right to make a choice to jump off a bridge, but that doesn't mean that choice is any less stupid.

When Apple first came out, when there were no other option on the same caliper, all that above would hold water. It doesn't anymore. There are equal or better option even if the mass social media doesn't treat them the same. Samsung high end devices have very good resale value. Just look on eBay. A Galaxy Note 2014 still has a resale value $300-400 just like an iPad.

I would maybe buy that if it came with iOS 6. But with iOS7/8, sorry, I don't want to vomit each time I go on the Internet.

Hadrien01 said,
I would maybe buy that if it came with iOS 6. But with iOS7/8, sorry, I don't want to vomit each time I go on the Internet.

Your loss! :)

CrippsCorner said,

Your loss! :)

He sees it has his gain and I agree with him. iOS7 is to chicky with all the pastel crayon colors, the transitons such and that dynamic wallpaper is lame and the fact that the OS runs like crap on only slightly older hardware.

Me and the wife both had an iPad 3, she still has hers. Mine was 64GB and she had the 16GB. I gave her my 64GB and she gave the 16GB to her son. When I installed iOS7, it started running like crap. Waiting almost 30 secs for a new wallpaper to be applied was terrible. The UI is very slow. The apps crashed more and they also were slow. The scaling of the phone app on the iPad screen still being so pixelate at this point an time if simple unforgivable at what the iPad cost. This simply doesn't happen on Android. If I use a phone app on an Android tablet, it scales cleanly to a even resolution that isn't pixelated.

I am down to may last Apple device. It is an iPhone 4S that is in my car because it is the last Apple device to support iPod Out to my stereo where all I do is plug it in and the car radio can play my library. The fact the newer iPhones don't support this most simple feature was a huge turnoff for me personally.

The alienation of device makers who made docks and speakers for the device based on it original connector and have it change for no real reason other than money was also a sad evolution.

Actually its Apple's loss. Apple sales figures for all of its hardware with exception of the iPhone in sales are all dropping. Apple is one year older than Android, and based on the number of users, you'd think it just came out 2 years ago.

Hi_XPecTa_Chens said,

Actually its Apple's loss. Apple sales figures for all of its hardware with exception of the iPhone in sales are all dropping. Apple is one year older than Android, and based on the number of users, you'd think it just came out 2 years ago.

Mac sales up YoY, iPhones sales up YoY, iPad sales up YoY. Exception is iPod.

"Apple just can't seem to get a break when it comes to leaks as the "iPad Air 2" has found its way online"

They haven't even tried to stop the leaks. As you guys jump at every possible rumor/fanboy fantasy, and write an article about it giving them free publicity. So why would they try to stop the leaks? Apple fans will lineup either way.

I've kept my iPad Air in an immaculate shape since I got it. Should be able to sell it for lots and almost pay for Air 2.

Not a bad plan. They retain their value pretty decently. I'm leaning on the side of keeping my Air, but I might pick up a iPad Mini Retina 2 w/ LTE. I've been meaning to get LTE on a tablet so I can use it on the go/when I'm on call and such. If I do that, the Air gets passed onto a family member who needs it.

Apart from (as you've just demonstrated) iFans will dump every existing product for a new one even without knowing if it is a worthwhile update.

Son_Of_Dad said,
Yeah... right..... (Insert Thomas Tusser quote)

Well you can sell them for $100 less than what you bought it for and upgrade for $100. It's not like a crappy Windows Acer tablet worth nothing when you walk out the store

It actually doesn't haha. You can break even by selling your old device or for an amount close to the original price you paid. Try doing that with an Android Tablet or even a Surface ;)

Son_Of_Dad said,
Apart from (as you've just demonstrated) iFans will dump every existing product for a new one even without knowing if it is a worthwhile update.

It's always worth dumping your gear after a year as you can still get a great price for it on eBay for example.

I upgrade my 2 iPhone's each year and get around 75-80% of what I originally paid for them. It just makes sense.

Steve121178 said,

It's always worth dumping your gear after a year as you can still get a great price for it on eBay for example.

Your argument makes zero sense; it's worth ditching a device every year but theirs still people paying decent money despite as you say it's worth ditching every year. I just can't give a rats try to invoke some logic.

Son_Of_Dad said,

Your argument makes zero sense; it's worth ditching a device every year but theirs still people paying decent money despite as you say it's worth ditching every year. I just can't give a rats try to invoke some logic.

Makes perfect sense. Look at the prices of used Apple stuff and you'll see.

stevan said,

Makes perfect sense. Look at the prices of used Apple stuff and you'll see.

Yes, Apple devices do retain their value pretty well, but is it really worth the effort to upgrade just for a fingerprint scanner/other things? Maybe to some people, but I definitely wouldn't spend the money/time/effort to upgrade from current Air 1 to the "new iPad Air"

tsupersonic said,
Yes, Apple devices do retain their value pretty well, but is it really worth the effort to upgrade just for a fingerprint scanner/other things? Maybe to some people, but I definitely wouldn't spend the money/time/effort to upgrade from current Air 1 to the "new iPad Air"

Of course it worth it, but that just may be me. But if I have to pay between $100-$150 to get a newer device with fingerprint scanner and any other upgrade that I deem valuable, I'd do it. If it was just a faster processor/graphic card, then no.

Since I started owning Apple products I found that just the fact they retain their value so well is a great selling point. Knowing that if I keep my product in a good shape I will get around 80% back towards the new product is awesome.

tsupersonic said,
Yes, Apple devices do retain their value pretty well, but is it really worth the effort to upgrade just for a fingerprint scanner/other things? Maybe to some people, but I definitely wouldn't spend the money/time/effort to upgrade from current Air 1 to the "new iPad Air"
I agree, because it isn't really new. Its a new Air, with some speed bumps, maybe they will finally bump the RAM to 2GB, and the fingerprint reader just isn't worth the aggravation is causes.

It isn't like buying a smartphone every year. Even tho the phones have slight updates over the previous model, at 299.99 in my case per year, I can buy 2 phones for the price of the one tablet.

I just got Surface Pro 3, why do I need an iPad?

oh, I guess I love the word "no, you can't", you can't do things the simple way, the have to be done the Apple way, no thank you.

Come on now Mr. Smith, you and I both know the Surface Pro 3 and iPad are two different classes of device. They really should not be mentioned in the same sentence.

john.smith_2084 said,
I just got Surface Pro 3, why do I need an iPad?

oh, I guess I love the word "no, you can't", you can't do things the simple way, the have to be done the Apple way, no thank you.

The Surface is a powerful laptop. I'm sure you knew this. Reply bait?

john.smith_2084 said,
I just got Surface Pro 3, why do I need an iPad?

oh, I guess I love the word "no, you can't", you can't do things the simple way, the have to be done the Apple way, no thank you.

wow, you are comparing a surface pro 3 to an iPad? That's high praise for the iPad!!! perhaps comparing the RT to the iPad would be a bit better?

still, I do understand where you're coming from, the iPads are brilliant I must admit, but comparing them to something twice the price? I'm not sure they are THAT good

Enron said,
Come on now Mr. Smith, you and I both know the Surface Pro 3 and iPad are two different classes of device. They really should not be mentioned in the same sentence.
Yeah they should. Let me give you an example:

The Surface 3 is better than an iPad. See?
But yes they aren't in the same class, and I do agree they should never be mentioned together in "certain" sentence.

Especially since the iPad is sold in toy stores and the Surface Pro never will be.

acido00 said,
Perfect! that is the iPad I have been waiting for...

Haha, Wow, I learned nothing about it except for the possible absence of the lock switch, and you managed to say that it's perfect and the iPad that you were waiting for. No specs, or anything else released in this article. You Apple fans are a special bunch...Gotta love you guys...lol

uxo22 said,

Haha, Wow, I learned nothing about it except for the possible absence of the lock switch, and you managed to say that it's perfect and the iPad that you were waiting for. No specs, or anything else released in this article. You Apple fans are a special bunch...Gotta love you guys...lol

Apple haters always forget to turn on their sarcasm detectors.

uxo22 said,

Haha, Wow, I learned nothing about it except for the possible absence of the lock switch, and you managed to say that it's perfect and the iPad that you were waiting for. No specs, or anything else released in this article. You Apple fans are a special bunch...Gotta love you guys...lol

How do you know he has not planned to get an iPad but wanted to wait for the next one? Or he's been waiting for an iPad with Touch ID.

uxo22 said,

Haha, Wow, I learned nothing about it except for the possible absence of the lock switch, and you managed to say that it's perfect and the iPad that you were waiting for. No specs, or anything else released in this article. You Apple fans are a special bunch...Gotta love you guys...lol


I guess we now know who will be first in the iSheep line with tent, sleeping bag, and an empty water bottle to tinkle in...;)

Gergel7077 said,

I guess we now know who will be first in the iSheep line with tent, sleeping bag, and an empty water bottle to tinkle in...;)

I guess we also know who'll be setup on the opposite side of the street laughing & shouting at them tell them how sad they are & how they have no life....

Still Gergel7077, the side of the Street having a nice coffee at a table on a nice chair with the possibility to come and go as they please, and sleep in a comfortable bed would be also the one "laughing & shouting at them tell them how sad they are & how they have no life" to the ones breaking their backs sat on the sidewalk having to sleep on the floor! So barely yes, they both have no life, right?

Lamp0 said,

I guess we also know who'll be setup on the opposite side of the street laughing & shouting at them tell them how sad they are & how they have no life....


Tim Cook comes to mind.

VHMP01 said,
Still Gergel7077, the side of the Street having a nice coffee at a table on a nice chair with the possibility to come and go as they please, and sleep in a comfortable bed would be also the one "laughing & shouting at them tell them how sad they are & how they have no life" to the ones breaking their backs sat on the sidewalk having to sleep on the floor! So barely yes, they both have no life, right?

Really? That scenario, as highly unlikely as that is, would probably best describe the guy at that coffee shop who manipulated homeless people to be on the Apple line to begin with, promising them money and food and actually giving them nothing in return for breaking their backs sitting on the sidewalk. Right?

Who cares about the leak. Didn't we all already expect this?

I mean they all.do it. We expect the tablet that follows the phone to take on certain personality traits.

The leak doesn't even matter

Corey C said,
This isn't a neowin photo, they grabbed it from another site.
It was a pun. If cameras focused on air, they would never focus on the thing you actually wanted to take a picture of.

Corey C said,
This isn't a neowin photo, they grabbed it from another site.

*listens to swish noise as it goes over your head*

I actually liked the lock switch... If they take that away then there may be a good chance the options show up in the notification center.