Apple is supposedly set to begin production of the next-generation iPad Air’s display this month, reports Korean site ETNews, with other major components set to enter production soon. Apple’s next-generation iPad Air is expected to feature the same design introduced with the first-generation iPad Air. LG is supposedly set to begin production on the displays this month, while Samsung and Sharp will likely be gearing up for production next month.
Although the next-generation iPad Air will not see any major design changes, it will likely see some hardware improvements in the form of an 8MP rear camera, which is a big improvement over the current 5MP rear camera on the first-generation iPad Air. The front-facing camera could make the jump from 1.2MP to 1.5MP, as well. It is rumored that the next-generation iPad Air may incorporate the same 8MP camera used in the iPhone 5s.
Along with an improved camera, the iPad Air is also expected to include an upgraded A8 processor to improve both performance and battery life, which really isn’t all that surprising since Apple is known to upgrade these chips every year.
While this report doesn’t mention anything about Touch ID and what that could mean for the iPad, many are expecting the new iPad Air to include Touch ID. Apple will most likely want to include Touch ID across all of their devices now that iOS 8 has opened up Touch ID APIs to developers.
It is not known when Apple plans to release its second-generation iPad Air, but rumors have pointed towards a release date in either September or October, which would be in line with previous iPad release dates. Apple’s iPad mini with Retina is expected to be updated at the same time, featuring many of the same improvements.
What do you guys want to see in the next-generation iPad Air/iPad mini with Retina? Are these likely improvements enough to make you upgrade? Let me know in the comments section down below or give me a shout on Twitter – @malloriedeaton.