The first iPad Air pushed the boundaries of thinness in tablet form, and it looks like Apple is gearing up to go even slimmer with the next version.

One More Thing (Google translate) scored some images purporting to show the front panel of the iPad Air 2, and from the looks of it the display is integrated into the panel.

That's not the case with the current new iPad, which features a separate display and panel.

Why would Apple meld the glass display with its casing? For one, it would mean an even thinner Apple slate, but it could also allow for space for a larger, longer-lasting battery.

iPad Air 2
Not quite as pretty as the finished product (credit: One More Thing)

Even more lighter than air

There's no way to verify whether these photos actually show parts of the next new iPad, or whether they're for the current model or complete fakes. We think you know where your salt shaker is, right?

It's no far stretch to expect Apple to release the iPad Air 2 (or iPad 6, if you prefer) later this year, since it's become pretty predictable on when it launches certain hardware (iPhones in September, iPads in October).

All's been quiet on the new, new iPad front so far, but expect it to come running iOS 8, a next-gen A8 processor and, naturally, a Retina display.

Via MacRumors