The second half of this year is gearing up to be an exciting one if you are a fan of Apple products, as the company is expected to take the wraps off new iPhones, iPads, the so-called “iWatch” and possibly new Macs and beyond. The latest rumors surround the so-called “iPad mini Air,” which is expected to be 30% thinner than its predecessor.Â
While there have been several rumors over the past few years suggesting that Apple is in talks with Sharp to implement IGZOÂ displays on its iOS devices, the cutting-edge technology has yet to find its way to the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. However, a new report claims that the iPad Air 3 could be the first iOS device with an IGZO-based screen.Â
Apple has been rumored for several months to beÂ working on its next-generation iPad, which has conveniently been referred to as the “iPad Air 2″ for naming purposes. The upcoming tablet is slated to be released in the fall, a busy season for Apple that should also mark the arrival of newÂ iPhones, Macs and the oft-rumored “iWatch,” likely at separate September and October media events.Â
It has been widely speculated that the next generation iPad Air dubbed iPad Air 2, and the iPad mini 3 will come withÂ Apple’sÂ Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
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.
A new image found on Chinese website Weibo shows what is supposedly an industrial prototype of Appleâ€™s rumored â€śiPad Proâ€ť device. The pictured model is made of machined aluminum and, while it appears to be a back plate, is likely just a dummy rather than an actual part.
The next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini are expected to feature the Touch ID fingerprint sensorÂ currently included in the iPhone 5s, and code references found in iOS 7.1 further corroborate these rumors.
Some photosÂ of the iPhone 6 front panel have leaked outÂ over the past few days and today we’ve come across front panels of the upcomingÂ iPad Air 2 as well. Interestingly, the leak reveals the display integrated with the front panel which is different from the assembly on the current gen iPad Air. This could mean that the new iPad Air 2 could be significantly thinner than its predecessor.
The well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo released his predictions andÂ research notesÂ for Apple’s 2014 product roadmap today and, according to sources for Kuo, Apple will introduce new iPad Air and iPad mini models later this year that feature the A8 processor, and a Touch ID sensor. Kuo also says that prices for the current lineup of tablets will drop over the course of the year while Apple pushes a larger 12.9-inch tablet in 2015.