iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 details leaked … by Apple

Leaked: features of the soon-to-be-announced iPads include a Touch ID sensor Photo: 9to5Mac Further screens reveal the iPad Air 2 can take images in burst mode. Photo: 9to5Mac

An apparent error on Apple’s part has prematurely detailed a new line of iPads ahead of the company’s unveiling event Friday, with images of the devices appearing in the iTunes store.

Named iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, the images confirm that the pair of tablets will include a Touch ID sensor integrated into the home button, but that their design will largely remain unchanged.

An image of the iPad Air 2 also indicates it will be capable of taking images in burst mode, a feature included in the iPhone since the 5s model.

The details appeared in screenshots for a guide to iOS 8.1, the operating system upgrade which is also expected to be unveiled Friday. The premature screens were live in the iTunes store for around an hour after they were first picked up and published on 9to5Mac. Apple then appeared to have removed them but the guide still showed images detailing iOS 8 at time of writing.

The leak follows a long tradition of Apple device details emerging before release, although the apparent leaker is rarely so directly associated with the company. The details come at an uncannily inopportune time for rival Google, which today announced its latest operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as a range of devices that will be in direct competition with Apple’s iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and Apple TV.

Beyond the all-but-confirmed inclusion of Touch ID and the return of a numbered naming convention for iPads, the tablets are widely expected to include a faster A8X processor, an anti-glare screen and the option of a gold case. Announcements at Friday’s event are also rumoured to include the launch of OS X Yosemite and new iMacs.