iPad Rumors: New iPad Air Next Month, New Retina iPad mini and iPad Pro First Half of 2015

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The iPad rumor mill is finally starting to churn a little more over the last couple of weeks – and it’s about time since October has become the new standard timeframe for new iPad launches. This week’s iPad rumors are in keeping with the general theme of low expectations for October iPad announcements.

The gist of what I’ve seen this week is something like this:

– Expect a new iPad Air next month – with not a huge amount of change to it, but adding the TouchID feature, likely a little slimmer, and possibly 2GB of RAM.

– Either a Retina iPad mini with very little changed or no new Retina iPad mini until Q1 of 2015.

– Then the long-rumored iPad Pro – at a whopping 12 or 13 inches – but the middle of 2015.

I’m a Retina iPad mini user and enjoy the smaller form factor, so of course I’m hoping that these latest rumors are wrong about the lack of a new mini until early next year. I am looking forward to seeing Touch ID on the iPad though, and the iPad Pro has always sounded like a natural addition to the iPad line.

It shouldn’t be too long now before at least some of these rumors become actual announcements from Apple.

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iPad Rumors: New iPad Air To Be Unveiled Alongside New iPhones Next Week

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Next Tuesday, September 9, Apple is holding one of their special (announcement events. This has been expected to feature the unveiling of two new iPhones and possibly the mythical iWatch that’s been rumored seemingly forever.

Now, according to one Wall Street analyst, there may also be a new iPad Air unveiling at Tuesday’s event – as Apple Insider reports:

At a media event already expected to be packed with the unveiling of two new iPhone models and a so-called “iWatch,” the company may also showcase its next full-size iPad Air with Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a new gold color option, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Further speculation from Kuo suggests that the 2nd-gen iPad Air will see some substantial upgrades, while the Retina iPad mini may not see much change at all:

Specifically, he believes the next iPad Air will have an anti-reflective screen coating, a full-lamination touch panel, a new gold-colored casing, and a next-generation A8 processor. He also expects the device to adopt the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that debuted last year in the iPhone 5s.
Kuo said that the iPad mini “may” be updated this year with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, but expressed less confidence about the company’s diminutive 7.9-inch tablet.

As a fan of the smaller form factor iPad mini, I’m certainly hoping that last point is proved inaccurate. I also wouldn’t be surprised at all if this particular rumor proves false and all new iPad announcements are held off until a separate Apple event in October.

What do you all think? Would you bet on seeing new iPad details at next Tuesday’s event?

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Latest iPad Rumor Says 12.9 Inch Model Coming Next Year

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This week’s big iPad rumor is all about a much bigger iPad. It’s a rumor that was around for months back in 2013 and has now surfaced again via a report by Bloomberg, which says production of the much larger new iPad is set to get started in the first quarter of 2015.

The report states that the new larger iPad’s screen will measure 12.9 inches – a big step up form the current largest iPad Air model at 9.7 inches.

There would be a number of potentially ripe markets for a jumbo-sized iPad. One that was frequently mentioned when the 12 inch iPad rumors first started was the education market, with the large iPad replacing textbooks. Ironically, I’ve also read a report this morning on how the momentum of the iPad in the education market is on the wane. Maybe this rumored larger model would help address that.

What do you all think about a nearly 13 inch iPad? Would you use one?

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Latest iPad Rumors: Finally, More RAM for the Next-Gen iPad Air

LG-G3This week’s big iPad rumor is all about an important predicted spec upgrade for the next-gen iPad Air – a bump up to 2GB of RAM, as 9to5Mac reports:

A new report from Asian site TechNews.tw claims information from the Apply supply chain points to the next generation iPad Air doubling up on RAM from 1GB to 2GB

If this rumor is accurate that would be good news, though not great news I’d say. Great news would be 3GB of RAM or more for the top-end of the iPad line.

RAM has been the weakest spec detail on the iPad for years now, and it lags well behind some rivals. Heck, it even lags way behind the LG G3 phone that I carry – which has triple the amount of RAM of the current iPad Air. And a number of other leading smartphones offer double and triple the amount of RAM of the iPad.

I’ve been complaining about this ‘feature’ of the iPad for years, and I really wish Apple would give some serious new love to this memory spec of the iPad lineup.

If this latest rumor is right though, it doesn’t sound promising in this area, since it also speculates that the next-gen iPad mini will still offer just 1GB of RAM.

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Latest iPad Rumors: Next Gen Already in Production

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Well, it’s around that time of year, when we can expect new iPad rumors to heat up and, eventually, Apple announcements to come. The latest news / rumor, via Bloomberg news, is that production for the next-gen full-size iPad is already underway:

Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the end of this quarter or early next, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. A new version of the 7.9-inch iPad mini is also entering production and will probably be available by the end of the year, they said.

According to 9to5Mac, the feature list for the next iPads (full-size and mini) will include faster A8 processors, the TouchID fingerprint scanner, improved cameras, and (at least on the full-size model) a new anti-reflective coating that’s said to make the iPad easier to read in sunlight or similar conditions.

A faster processor is always welcome, TouchID would be a nice addition, but my one BIG wish list item remains the same as it has for years: More RAM. This is long overdue and is an area where the iPad is extremely weak compared to several rivals and even many high-end smartphones by now.

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iPad Rumors: iOS 8 to Bring Split-Screen Multitasking

The latest iPad rumor is an exciting one – the prospect of spilt-screen multitasking for the iPad in iOS 8. 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reported on what he’s been hearing on this topic yesterday: iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple’s iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge […]

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Rumor: Apple Testing Keyboard Case for iPad 5

  One of the latest rumors leading up to Apple’s iPad announcement event today says that Apple is testing new ‘Surface-like’ keyboard cases for the new iPad 5 that’s expected to be unveiled at the event. As MacRumors reports, at least one former Apple staffer thinks a new keyboard case could be announced alongside new […]

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