Following research notes regarding Apple’s upcoming wearable, and expectations in a note regarding the iPhone 6, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a note regarding the next-generation iPad Air, outlining several interesting notes regarding the upcoming tablet.
According to the research note, which was shown to AppleInsider, Kuo believes that the next-gen iPad Air will offer a new color option right out of the gate: gold. This would make the iPad Air lineup fall in line, in terms of color options, with that of the iPhone lineup, which offers a gold variant.
According to Kuo, only the iPad Air 2 will see “significant spec upgrades,” signaling that Apple may be holding back on giving the next-generation iPad mini with Retina display any real upgrades this year. Breaking it down, the analyst believes that the larger iPad model will receive an anti-reflective coating on the display, which corroborates previous reports from earlier in 2014. More than that, the iPad Air 2 will also receive a full-lamination touch panel, and a next-generation A8 processor under the hood. Kuo is also certain the iPad Air 2 will receive a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Kuo is not so certain that the next-gen iPad mini with Retina display will receive the same treatment, including a Touch ID sensor. It’s “possible,” according to the analyst, but the outlook doesn’t seem to be very good.
Kuo also believes that while Apple will already have a busy time on stage announcing new iPhones and a new wearable, the company is also gearing up to announce the iPad Air 2 at the September 9 media event as well.
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