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.
KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is targeting Q3 2014 for a massive product rollout that will extend across most of the company’s product lines, reports 9to5Mac. Kuo and KGI are usually reliable, which lends some credence to their predictions for a big holiday quarter for Apple.