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iPad Air 2 official: 6.1mm thick and Touch ID

iPad Air 2 official: 6.1mm thick and Touch ID

Apple has taken the wraps off of the new iPad Air 2, the world's thinnest tablet and an astonishing 18-percent thinner than the previous iPad Air. So slim, at 6.1mm, you can in fact stack two of the iPad Air 2 one on top of each other, and still have a tablet that's thinner than the original iPad. Still, the upgrades aren't limited just to the iOS slate's dimensions.

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Apple to the rescue: GT closing Arizona Sapphire plant

Apple to the rescue: GT closing Arizona Sapphire plant

GT Advanced, who was (yeah, was) partnering with Apple on Sapphire displays for products, is shuttering their Arizona facility. They’re also shutting down a plant in Massachusetts. The move to shut down the two operations will cost roughly 890 people to be out of work. After recently filing for Bankruptcy, it was expected GT would make some changes, but nobody outside their board room expected them to do an about-face and shutter the Arizona plant, which they have in partnership with Apple.

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iPad Air 2 detailed in leaked photos

iPad Air 2 detailed in leaked photos

This morning the iPad Air 2 seems to have leaked in full - visually, anyway. this version of the iPad Air looks to have a Touch ID fingerprint reader, a thinner chassis, and a complete absence of a mute switch. This would be the first iPad released without said switch, each previous iPad keeping the switch for the instant muting of audio or rotation lock. This device is shown in white with the lighter aluminum backing in Silver - not quite Space Gray yet.

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iOS 8.1 Beta code confirms iPad Touch ID rumors

iOS 8.1 Beta code confirms iPad Touch ID rumors

iPhone 6 with NFC? Check. Apple Watch? Check. iPad with Touch ID? Well, almost check. A recent iOS 8.1 Developer Beta apparently contains hints that the next iPad generation will have some support for Apple's upcoming mobile payment system. However, Apple Pay support will be limited to payments that only require authentication via a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the tablet.

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1Password gets touchy with Touch ID, goes freemium on iOS

1Password gets touchy with Touch ID, goes freemium on iOS

Agile Bits is bumping 1Password on iOS to the big version 5 and this update is more than just a simple improvement over the current release. First, it has now gained support for using your fingerprint to get access to your password vault. And second, it marks the transition of 1Password into a freemium service, at least for iOS users.

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Mint utilizes Touch ID in iOS 8 to become more secure

Mint utilizes Touch ID in iOS 8 to become more secure

If you’re one to track your finances on the go, you’ve likely heard of Mint. The app that keeps track of your cask flow is also getting a lot more secure. In updating their app to be friendly with iOS 8, they’ve also cobbled in the ability to unlock it with Touch ID.

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iPhones will soon be able to start a Tesla Model S

iPhones will soon be able to start a Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S owners will soon be able to use their iPhones, if they have one, to start their electric car in case they've forgotten where they placed their key fob. This new feature was spotted in an upcoming version 6.0 update to Tesla's operating system which is expected to roll out in the coming months.

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Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

Apple might be bringing Touch ID to every device you own

A new Apple patent details changes the company may be making to Touch ID. Though we’ve found it handy around the home button, it seems Apple may be working to get their tech involved in other parts of your device as well. They may also be working on a method to bring Touch ID everywhere.

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Apple’s Sapphire glass facility nearly ready for mass production

Apple’s Sapphire glass facility nearly ready for mass production

The Sapphire glass Apple uses — and is rumored to use much more of with new handsets — is partly thanks to GT Advanced Technologies. They’ve recently announced their financial results for the second quarter, noting an $86 million loss as they pivot operations to align themselves with Apple. As the reliance on Sapphire increases, that big loss may be a distant memory in the near future.

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iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

iPhone 6 may be in limited supply (at first)

The iPhone family has used Sapphire Glass for components for several generations. Both the back-facing camera lens and, in the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID home button work with Sapphire Glass to keep them tough. The iPhone 6, as it’s assumed to be called, has been teased more than once to be working with a full Sapphire Glass front panel.

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iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

One of the biggest drawbacks of the iPhone is the inability to pay for things via mobile. There’s no NFC capabilities in iOS, and it’s not clear if that’s on the way or not (though some believe it is). A new report suggests Apple is working with various credit card companies to hammer out a mobile payment option for future devices, and it could be the most secure method available.

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Apple iPad Mini successor leak shows Touch ID feature

Apple iPad Mini successor leak shows Touch ID feature

The iPhone 6 and the iPad Air 2 have had their fair share of leaks and rumors, like the almost unfathomable size of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 or the Touch ID-toting iPad Air 2. Now it's the next gen iPad Mini's turn to get the spotlight and almost unsurprisingly, this leaked photo of the three upcoming devices shows that the mini tablet will also be sporting Touch ID sensor of its own.

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