Next-gen iPad Air and Retina iPad mini to feature A8 processor, Touch ID

By , Apr 10, 2014

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Rounding out our coverage of Ming-Chi Kuo’s lengthy report on 2014 Apple products last night, we have the iPad. We’ve already discussed the analyst’s predictions for the iWatch and iPhone, and now it’s time to take a look at his prophecies for Apple’s next-gen tablets.

According to Kuo, the Cupertino company is planning on launching a second generation iPad Air this year alongside a new Retina iPad mini. He says that both slates will feature new A8 processors, and will finally receive Home buttons outfitted with Touch ID technology…

MacRumors passes along the research note:

“We think the upgraded iPad Air will be launched earlier in 2014 than the iPad Air was in 2013. The biggest changes will be A8 processor, Touch ID (fingerprint recognition), and main camera resolution of 8MP.

…We previously thought Apple would not release a new version of the iPad mini this year, but we now think Apple will launch an upgraded version with same form factor, A8 processor and Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) to boost shipments of iPad mini with Retina display.”

Kuo says that Apple deciding to launch a new Retina iPad mini this year likely has to do with lower-than-expected sales of the current-gen model. He thinks the poor performance is due to the tablet’s heavier, thicker build—the same mistake Apple made with the late iPad 3.

As for the oft-rumored 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro,’ the analyst is sticking with his original prediction that we won’t see it this year. He says Apple is still actively working on the device, which will be focused towards entertainment and productivity uses, but it’ll likely debut in 2015.

Apple is expected to launch the new iPad Air and mini this fall, alongside new iPhones and various other products. Once they’ve launched, Kuo says that the company will probably keep one of the two current generation tablets around, if not both, to sell at a discounted price.

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  • duck hairs

    Nope, NO WAY not going to happen. Why the hell would apple do this complelety illogical especially for apple. Never going to happen im sorry folks but ridiculous rumors like this need to be squashed

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      I hope this is sarcasm. This is the only rumor that actually makes complete sense.

      • duck hairs

        Yes it is sarcasm…

    • Maxim∑

      Yeah I agree, next gen iPads are obviously going to have the A6 not A8

  • TJ

    Anyone could have made those predictions the second the new iPads were unveiled last year.

  • Joey

    Stopped reading at the name Ming-Chi Kuo.

    • jack

      same

  • jack

    if that’s it I’ll pass

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      If thats it? What else do you want? I’m pretty sure we’re gonna have to wait until the 10th generation Ipad to get Helicopter mode. Yes thats right, you can call your OWN helicopter! Thats still a couple years off.

      • jack

        wut

  • Tommy Gumbs

    So the author took an article about rumors, and split it up into smaller articles???? What a waiste of time for us all.

    • Ethan Desmond

      he split it into sections about each rumor. how is that a waste of time..? it makes it easier.

  • Yujin

    Well duh!!

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  • sn1p3r

    So, the deciding factor to upgrade is going to be the A8 soc. Touch ID would be great, but it’s not essential. The A7 is pretty fast, so let’s hope the A8 would allow to have a truly multitasking IOS experience. Running applications side by side would be awesome.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      “The A7 is pretty fast”

      Apple will most likely slow it down with iOS 8…

  • JS3

    HOLY SHIT the ipad is going to feature a new “A8″ possessor?!?!? well i’ll be damned, that’s just amazing!! i dont think anyone could have predicted that one! GREAT find IDB!!!

    i mean come on IDB why are you guys posting these kinds of rumors??? this is all stuff thats a givin by looking at apples track record…. smh

    • smtp25

      Hey don’t forget TouchID – Now thats really surprising (no one)

    • Alberto Espinal

      Why don’t you create your own blog and come out with something better, if you do let me know and i’ll go with you!!

  • Bren K

    I’d like to see them fix the color gamut on the mini, that was their biggest downfall in my opinion. Compared to the Air, the display appears washed out, hazy. I returned mine and replaced it with the Air for this reason alone. Tacking “Retina” on to it’s name only caused people to think they were getting a quality product when in fact they were getting an imposter. Display color, contrast, and deep blacks hold their weight in gold. To have a full HD screen without these is only mediocre and missing the mark!

  • rockdude094

    Any word of Intel processors in iPads ?