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New iPads Begin Production with Anti-Reflective Coating

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Although we have been primarily focusing on the next-generation iPhone, Apple is expected to announce new iPads in October.  These updated tablets will likely feature the A8 processor, 8MP camera and improved internal components.  According to a new report by Bloomberg News, they are also about to enter mass production.

The second generation iPad Air (or sixth generation full-sized iPad) will retain the same design with some added features.

The second generation iPad Air (or sixth generation full-sized iPad) will retain the same design with some added features.

The source of this information, cited as people familiar with the matter, claim that the iPad Air 2 has begun mass production and the iPad mini 3 will be starting soon.  The tablets are expected to have a similar form factor with only subtle changes like recessed volume controls and Touch ID.  The report also says the iPads will be getting an anti-reflective coating so they will be easier to use outside.  The iPad in the past has been criticized by Amazon for it’s lack of usability on a sunny day when compared to the Kindle Fire.

The new coating may cause delays in production so the iPad Air 2 supply will likely be restricted during the first few months after its release.  The report says that full-sized iPad will be available by the end of this quarter or the next quarter.  The miniature-sized iPad, however, may not be available until the end of the year.

iPad Mini "Air" Coming Soon, iPad Pro Coming in 2015

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We have primarily been focusing on the next-generation iPhone, but Apple also has new tablets in their Fall lineup.  Taiwan’s Economic Daily believes that this lineup will consist of a thinner iPad mini (with a new name) in addition to the expected iPad Air 2.  They also believe the rumored 12.9″ iPad Pro will be delayed until 2015.

He added Touch ID to his concept and the current iPad mini just for fun.

Retina iPad mini and iPad mini 3 concepts with Touch ID.

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iPad Air 2 Front Panel Leaked (Images)

The backside of the front panel tells a different story.
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The iPhone 6 has been in the news recently with leaked front panel pictures and cases, but the iPhone isn’t the only product getting a refresh this year.  The iPad Air and iPad mini are both being updated (at least internally) in October during Apple’s annual iPad-focused event.  A Dutch blog site, called onemorething.nl, leaked some photos of the front panel for the iPad Air 2 that were apparently sourced from one of Apple’s Chinese display suppliers.

The front looks nearly identical to the iPad Air first generation.

The front looks nearly identical to the iPad Air first generation.

The front panel resembles the current iPad Air and likely means Apple won’t be updating the outside as much as the inside.  There’s a hole at the top center for the front camera and a hole at the bottom center for the Home button.

The backside of the front panel tells a different story.

The backside of the front panel tells a different story.

The glass display is chemically bonded to the LCD which creates a thinner front panel (meaning a thinner overall device) and more viewing angles (AppleInsider). Although we don’t know much about the next-generation iPads, a KGI Securities analyst said they will both feature an improved camera with higher megapixels, the A8 processor and Touch ID.

 

iPad: Latest Rumors

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This past couple of weeks I have written posts about the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, but now it is time for the iPad.  Some rumors came up this week about the 12.9″ iPad (code named iPad pro) and third generation iPad mini won’t be launching until 2015 and the iPad air will have some iPhone 5s improvements.  At this point in time, there are not many rumors for the next generation iPads because they usually don’t launch until October.  With that said, here’s a quick guide to what we know so far about the iPad air, iPad mini and iPad pro.

iPad air 2

The iPad air, credits: Macgasm

The iPad air, credit: Macgasm

This iPad, for those of you who are keeping track, is the iPad 6 (or the sixth generation iPad.)  The redesign of the iPad 5 came with the new name “air” which relates to the lightness and thinness of it.  There’s a lack of rumors for the new iPads, so many of the points will be educated guesses based on Apple’s history.

  • A8 Processor, which is the same processor that will be found in the iPhone 6 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID, found on the iPhone 5s (KGI Securities)
  • Similar design
  • Improved internal components
  • Better camera (higher than 5MP)
  • Release date: October 2014, some rumors suggest April or June at WWDC

iPad mini 3

iPad mini with Retina display

iPad mini with Retina display

This will be the third generation iPad mini, but the second one to feature a Retina display.

  • Release date: 2015 (KGI Securities)
  • Touch ID
  • They predict the release date won’t be until 2015 because the iPad mini currently has updated internal components (A7 chip and Retina display) and can survive another year.
  • This reminds me of a rumor saying the iPad mini 2 (the current generation) wouldn’t come out until 2014…but the rumor wasn’t true since it came out in October.

iPad pro

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a 11″ MacBook Air.

This 12.9″ rumored iPad will be aimed at the education market, business market and at developers creating apps for the iPad.  The larger display will be a hybrid between the laptop and a tablet.  Here are some of the latest rumors:

  • Quad-core A8 Processor, available in 128GB size, arriving in Fall 2014 (Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners)
  • Arriving in 2015 because Apple is busy working on the iWatch (KGI Securities)
  • 64-bit computing with an UHD (ultra-high definition) display (Korea Times)
  • Touch ID, 64-bit A7 or A8 chip (TechRadar)
  • Arriving with late spring/winter or October 2014 release, 2 models (2K display launching in April 2014 and 4K display launching in October) (Pad News)

Other iPad Rumors

iPad 4 and iPad air side by side, credit: iMore

iPad air and iPad 4 side by side, credit: iMore