Rumor: ‘iPad mini Air’ could be be 30% thinner

Rumor: ‘iPad mini Air’ could be be 30% thinner

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. 

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Apple could hold off on IGZO display technology until iPad Air 3

Apple could hold off on IGZO display technology until iPad Air 3

While there have been several rumors over the past few years suggesting that Apple is in talks with Sharp to implement IGZO 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. 

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New Photos of iPad Air 2 mockup give a closer look at the design changes

New Photos of iPad Air 2 mockup give a closer look at the design changes

Apple has been rumored for several months to be 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 new iPhones, Macs and the oft-rumored “iWatch,” likely at separate September and October media events. 

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New video compares iPad Air 2 physical mockup to iPad Air; shows minor design changes, Touch ID

New video compares iPad Air 2 physical mockup to iPad Air; shows minor design changes, Touch ID

The iPhone 6 isn’t the only device whose mockups are being compared in detail in videos and photos. A new video by TLDToday compares a physical mockup of the iPad Air 2 to its predecessor, showing slight design changes and provision for the Touch ID sensor.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to come with more durable Touch ID sensor

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to come with more durable Touch ID sensor

It has been widely speculated that the next generation iPad Air dubbed iPad Air 2, and the iPad mini 3 will come with Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

GforGames now reports that Apple is also planning to improve the fingerprint sensor’s durability.

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New iPad Air with 8MP camera, A8 chip reportedly enters production this month

New iPad Air with 8MP camera, A8 chip reportedly enters production this month

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.

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Dummy of Rumored ‘iPad Pro’ Shown in New Images

Dummy of Rumored ‘iPad Pro’ Shown in New Images

A new image found on Chinese website Weibo shows what is supposedly an industrial prototype of Apple’s rumored “iPad Pro” 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.

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iOS 7.1 code reveals next iPad will come with Touch ID fingerprint sensor

iOS 7.1 code reveals next iPad will come with Touch ID fingerprint sensor

The next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini are expected to feature the Touch ID fingerprint sensor currently included in the iPhone 5s, and code references found in iOS 7.1 further corroborate these rumors.

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Photos of Alleged iPad Air 2 Front Panel with integrated display

Photos of Alleged iPad Air 2 Front Panel with integrated display

Some photos of the iPhone 6 front panel have leaked out over the past few days and today we’ve come across front panels of the upcoming 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.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to feature Touch ID, A8 CPU in 2014

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 to feature Touch ID, A8 CPU in 2014

The well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo released his predictions and research notes 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.

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