iPad Air 2

Get an Additional $10 When You Trade-In Your Used iPad Before the iPad Air 2 is Announced

Apple is set to announce the iPad Air 2 on October 16, and recent rumors are pointing to a October 24 launch for the new tablet. iPad owners who are planning to purchase the second-generation iPad Air should consider trading-in their older model now. Not only do trade-in prices drop after an official release, but NextWorth is currently offering an extra $10 for all iPad trade-ins when you use the promo code OCTIPAD10.

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Trading-in your iPad is simple. Just visit NextWorth.com and select the iPad model you want to sell. Answer a few simple questions to get your instant quote and hit "Sell it now" button to lock-in your trade-in value.

Leaked Photo Shows A8X Chip in New iPad Air

Several weeks ago, rumors emerged that a beefed up A8 processor, the A8X, would power the iPad Pro, a 12.9" Retina display tablet expected to debut sometime in early 2015. Now a leaked photo has surfaced of a purported logic board for the next generation iPad Air sporting an A8X, suggesting we may see the new chip sooner than expected.

iPad Air 2 may have A8X chip

The photo, which was leaked by Apple.club.tw on Monday, not only shows an A8X processor, but what appears to be a 2GB Elpida RAM module as well. There has been speculation about the RAM upgrade, as there have been rumors that the new tablet will have split-screen multitasking functionality, which would require some extra horsepower. We'll know soon enough, as Apple is expected to unveil the new iPad Air at a media event this Thursday, October 16th.

iPad Air 2 Rumor Roundup: What to Expect From Apple's New Tablet

Lets look at the rumored specs of the next-generation iPad Air now that Apple has officially announced its final keynote for 2014.

iPad Air 2

Design:

The second-generation iPad Air 2 is not expected to get a drastic redesign like the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, but various leaks have shown that it will be slightly thinner (7mm thick) than its predecessor, and that it will feature recessed volume buttons, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor like the iPhone 5s, and redesigned speakers / microphone. The new iPad will also be available in gold for the first time, according to Bloomberg.

You can see alleged leaked images of the iPad Air 2 here, here and here.

Apple Sends Out Invites for October 16th Event

As expected, Apple has sent out invites for its latest media event which is being held Thursday, October 16th at 10:00am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. The invitations read: “It’s been way too long," and asks select members of the press to attend the keynote at Apple's Town Hall Auditorium in Cupertino, California.

Apple iPad Invite 2014

Apple is expected to announce its new iPad lineup, which will include a thinner iPad Air 2 and possible 12.9-inch iPad Pro, at the event (see images of the alleged iPad Air 2 here). The second-generation iPad Air is expected to feature recessed volume buttons, Touch ID, a relocated microphone, a new A8 or A8X chip and possibly 2GB of RAM . It is still unclear if Apple plans to announce a third-generation iPad mini this year.

Apple Schedules Oct. 16 Event, iPad Refresh Expected

Citing an unnamed source, John Paczkowski of re/code reported today that Apple will be holding an event on Thursday, October 16 at the Town Hall Auditorium on the company's Cupertino campus.

Apple to announce new iPad on October 16

It is widely expected that the company will unveil its next generation iPad Air and possibly iPad mini, though there have almost no rumors or leaks about the latter. The iPad Air 2 will feature the speedier A8 processor which powers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It will also be equipped with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which is currently only found on the iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus. Also like the new iPhones, the next generation iPads are expected to be available in gold.

Bloomberg: Apple to Announce Gold iPad in October

Apple will announce a gold iPad model in October to boost slumping sales of its 9.7-inch tablet, according to Bloomberg. People familiar with Apple's plans told Bloomberg that the next-generation iPad will be available in silver, gray and now gold, just like the iPhone 6 model pictured below. This will be the first time Apple has offered the iPad in anything but silver or gray, since it first introduced new colors with the release of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Gold iPhone 6

The anonymous source said Apple hopes the new color will regain people's sagging interest in tablets due to availability of larger mobile phones on the market. Bloomberg also cites a note written by RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani, which claims iOS users have been losing interest in the iPad after "shifting to iPhones with larger screens". Daryanani's research corroborates with other rumors that Apple will discontinue the iPad mini due to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus being more phablet-like.

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