Apple leaks iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 specs ahead of launch

Accidentally — or conveniently — images of the new products appeared online at the same time as Google's Nexus launch.

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Apple is well known for being tight-lipped about upcoming devices, but a day ahead of a press event in California, images of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 have appeared — through iTunes.

The iPad and iPhone maker accidentally leaked the images through a user guide within Apple's iTunes store. Whether it was a major slip-up or a convenient leak to steal Google's Nexus thunder , we now know that an upgrade to both the standard iPad tablet and smaller iPad mini are on their way.

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As spotted by 9to5Mac, images of the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 appeared in iTunes through the iOS 8.1 iPad user guide on Wednesday. Although the images were taken down roughly an hour after the leak was reported, 9to5Mac was able to lift the specifications. 

The product designs are basically the same, but the leaks show that the back of the iPad Mini 3 is equipped with an iSight camera, as well as volume and power switches on the side, joining a nano-SIM tray. The manual has no back image for the iPad Air 2, but we can probably assume the design will be the same. At the front, both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 sport a FaceTime HD camera and multi-touch display.

What is new for both devices, however, is the home button — which is equipped with Apple's Touch ID sensor. This feature was only previously found in iPhones, launched with the iPhone 5s.

In addition, other screenshots lifted by the publication reveal that the iPad Air 2 will have the Burst Mode capability, which was originally launched with the iPhone 5s. When a user holds down the "Take Picture" button, Burst Mode allows for the camera to take rapid-fire images in the same manner as many DSLRs.

To find out more, we will have to wait for the official unveiling of the mobile devices. Apple is holding an event in Cupertino, California later on today at 1pm EST.

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