updated 09:17 am EDT, Mon August 4, 2014
Includes bigger speaker grilles, shifted rear mic
A Taiwanese accessory maker, Yi Lin Enterprises, has posted photos online showing what's claimed to be a rear shell for the second-generation iPad Air. While mostly similar to the current Air, the shell's speaker grilles have been modified to use a single row of larger holes, and the rear microphone port has been placed next to the iSight camera. The part appears to be for a space gray model.
The redesigned grille is consistent with earlier leaks. Apple will likely update the iPad lineup this October; both the Air and the Mini are expected to get relatively minor improvements however, such as A8 processors, Touch ID sensors, and slight changes to weight and size. The emphasis at an October press event will instead probably be on the iWatch.