Apple is reportedly preparing an iPad hardware refresh for launch a few months later. A new report claims that the new iPad Air will feature the same design, but will come with improved internals, including a faster A8 chip and a better 8MP rear camera.
The rumor comes from Korean news outlet ETNews, that says the next-generation iPad Air will go into production sometime this month. With the A7 chip going 64-bit, Apple’s next goal is to make these chips more energy efficient, and that’s what the A8 would do.
The rear camera will reportedly be bumped from the current 5MP sensor to an 8MP sensor, which is long time due given the number of times Apple’s featured the iPad being used as a camera in ads. The front camera, too, could see an improvement, going from the current 1.2MP to 1.5MP. A number of features in the Camera app like Slo-mo, burst mode, currently work only on the iPhone 5s, and this improvement could bring the same capabilities to the iPad as well.
Rumors as well as code references suggest that the iPad Air 2 will have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, so that not only could users unlock their device faster but also utilise iOS 8’s per-app authentication powered by Touch ID.
Apple typically keeps a press event in October to release new iPads, so it’s likely we see the iPad Air 2 around the same time this year. The event could also be a great place to announce split-screen multitasking on iPad, a feature that is internally being tested at Apple. The company is also working on a 12-inch iPad Pro, but its plan to release such a device have been put on hold.