iPad Air 2 likely to feature Touch ID, A8X processor, and new Smart Covers

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This coming Thursday, Apple will hold a special media event where the company will likely show off a slew of new hardware, from new iPads to new iMacs, and we can only hope, a revamped Apple TV.

While we'll soon have a full rundown of what to expect at this week's event, for now we're going to focus on the iPad.

Apple last October introduced us to the iPad Air, the company's fifth-generation take on its now iconic tablet. The iPad Air, while delivering a host of under-the-hood enhancements, was touted for being extremely thin and lightweight. And considering that the device was a solid 25% lighter than its predecessor, the "Air" moniker was certainly a fitting name.

Looking ahead to this Thursday, the iPad Air 2 promises to deliver a bevy of intriguing improvements. According to recently leaked photos from Apple.club.tw, Apple's next-gen tablet will finally feature TouchID and will also come with an enhanced and blazing-fast A8X processor.

The A8 processor is of course Apple's latest-gen chip, having made its debut on the iPhone 6. With an impressive two billion transistors at its disposal, Apple describes the chip's benefits thusly:

The all-new A8 chip is our fastest yet. Its CPU and graphics performance are faster than on the A7 chip, even while powering a larger display and incredible new features. And because it’s designed to be so power efficient, the A8 chip can sustain higher performance — so you can play graphics-intensive games or enjoy video at higher frame rates for longer than ever.

That said, just what exactly is the A8X? Well, it stands to reason that it's even more of a workhorse than the A8 and was designed especially with the iPad Air 2 in mind. More specifically, one can expect the A8X to feature more impressive graphics performance than the already impressive A8.

Apple.club.tw, which we should point out has a decent track record with respect to Apple rumors, also adds that the iPad Air 2 may feature 2GB of RAM.

Lastly, Macotakara, which also has a decent track record with respect to rumors, relayed earlier today that Apple will introduce iPad Air covers in a variety of new colors.

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