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Get ready, it looks like iPad-wielding picture-takers are about to multiply. According to a new report, Apple is going to beef up the iSight cameras in both its fifth generation iPad and second generation iPad mini this year.

Highly regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a note to investors this afternoon, claiming that the two tablets—which are expected to be unveiled later this month—will feature 8-megapixel shooters with larger apertures…

Here’s an excerpt from the note (via MacRumors):

“We predict Apple (US) will launch new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 (so called retina iPad mini) in 4Q13. As the tablet market becomes increasingly competitive, Apple could upgrade the camera as a selling point for the new iPad in a bid to increase competitiveness. We expect the upgrade will include 8MP rear camera, up from 5MP, and larger aperture. Lens module ASP will rise 10-20% on this optics spec upgrade.”

As Kuo mentions, both the iPad 4 and current-gen iPad mini sport 5MP cameras, so this would be a significant improvement for the devices. He also believes they’ll feature a similar aperture to that found in the iPhone 5s.

It sounds like the two tablets are set to receive big upgrades. The iPad 5 will be getting a redesign, while the mini is said to be getting a Retina display and Touch ID. And both have been rumored to run variations of the A7.

Recent reports have suggested that supplies for the Retina iPad mini will be extremely limited at launch time, but that’s not expected to affect its unveiling. We’re looking for a media event to take place sometime this month.