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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) updated its iPad user guide offered details about new tablet computers the company is expected to officially unveil Thursday.

Featured Wednesday on the user guide page for using iPads for the operating system iOS 8 are photos of the "iPad mini 3" and the "iPad Air 2."

The guide also outlines the products' use of a so-called TouchID sensor that reads the owners' finger prints.

Apple has been so far mum on details regarding the new products and their sudden appearance on its Web site may suggest an error on the part of its marketing department.

News of the photos was apparently first reported by MacRumors. However, the "2" and "3" labels have since been removed from the iTunes page.

Apple is also expected to offer details Thursday on its pending mobile payments system along with new models in its line-up of Mac computers.

The Cupertino-based company gets about two-thirds of its revenue from smart phones, but the company is set to launch the latest tweaks to its iPad tablet, likely to also feature an anti-glare screen and offer an option of upgrading to a gold shell.

Sales of iPad tablets, first launched in 2010, fell 9 percent to $13.3 million in the recent period.

The product unveiling will be streamed on Apple's website beginning at 10 a.m. PT or 1 p.m. ET. Viewing requires Apple's Safari browser on a Mac operating system.

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