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Bloomberg is out with a new report this afternoon regarding Apple’s new iPads. The outlet claims that the company’s suppliers have already begun producing the new tablets, which are expected to debut towards the end of this quarter or early next.

According to their sources, mass production of the full 9.7-inch iPad is already under way, and production for the new iPad mini is right behind it. Additionally, the tablets will evidently feature new anti-reflective coating, making them easier to read…

Here’s more from Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan and Peter Burrows:

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. […]

Output of the larger iPad may be restricted by manufacturing complications related to the use of a new anti-reflection coating, which Apple plans to add to the device to make the display easier to read, said one of the people.

We’ve seen a few alleged part leaks for this year’s larger iPad, but almost nothing for the new mini. The leaks show a very familiar design, albeit a few minor changes changes, such as a new speaker grill on the bottom and more-recessed volume buttons.

Both tablet lines are expected to get Touch ID, internal improvements, and new features by way of iOS 8. Apple reportedly has an iPhone event planned for September, and an iWatch unveiling in October, so it’s unclear right now where the new iPads will fit in.

  • A’s Network

    I honestly think that the iPhones get more hype from everyone than the new iPads. But the iPads are awesome products.

    • Ray Pereyra

      Well said, I’m very happy with my iPad mini with retina display.

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    • Yes RIP but this does not belong here..

    • kadeem kadz Dulice

      why ?

      • Matt

        Wondering the same.

      • It is of topic.
        There is nothing wrong with paying your respects to the deceased, but not here.
        The comment section should be used to further discus the topic presented in the article.
        If you want to pay your respects to the deceased you can do that on any of your personal social media profiles or on an article that covers the person’s death.

        I payed my respects by posting on mi Facebook profile, but the iDB comments section is not the right forum.

  • So matte glassed iPads? This is very good for preventing fingerprints. Interesting.
    Now we just need to see it to get a better idea of what is being coated though.

  • Brian 

    I find the current double row speakers far more appealing than just 1 row of big holes for the speakers…. 🙁

    • I agree but if this is real they probably did it to further differentiate the different models.

  • Truffol

    Overall dimensions look the same. Think the issue (or benefit?) of minimalist design is you will eventually converge on one final design and it will look more or less the same going forward.

  • Matt

    A gold iPad?
    Yes please. It’ll match my gold 5s until 2015… When I get a black iPhone for the first time ever.

  • Matt Taylor

    If it only gets gimmicks like Touch ID and no ram boost etc The iPad will be out in my books!