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Earlier today Apple confirmed its October 16th event where it is expected to unveil the new iPads, announce the public release of OS X Yosemite and even show off new iMacs. Many are particularly interested in the iPad Air 2 and it will no doubt be a major fixture at this event. Several iPad Air 2 leaked photos have appeared online today hinting at the possibility that the upcoming tablet might be Apple’s thinnest full-fledged iPad to date.

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The pictures were leaked by Taiwanese publication Tinhte which has a hit or miss track record, so do take this with a grain of salt. iPad Air 2 will reportedly be just 7mm thin which roughly the same as Apple’s latest smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

These iPad Air 2 leaked photos also show a Touch ID fingerprint sensor up front. Not only will the sensor allow for access to the device without having to punch in a pin code it would also enable users to make payments through Apple Pay. Touch ID sensor has long been rumored for the next generation iPad and looks like this year it may finally see the light of day.

Its possible that the iPad Air 2 we see in these pictures isn’t the final product since there’s a seemingly unnecessary orifice on the side and no rotation lock / mute switch. Tinhte speculates that the switch may have been removed to make the device thinner but the same switch exists on the new iPhones so that really doesn’t make any sense.

The new iPad Air is expected to be powered by Apple’s A8 chip which debuted on the iPhones last month. As yet there are no reports pointing towards a possible increase in the price.

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