KGI on iPad Air 2: launching next Tuesday with ‘significant spec upgrades’

By , Sep 4, 2014

Samsung ad (Galaxy Tab S vs iPad Air 002)

Rounding up a trio of predictions that Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities released to clients this morning, AppleInsider quotes the influential analyst as making a surprising claim that the upcoming second-generation iPad Air will be unveiled at Apple’s media event next Tuesday.

A gold color option and Touch ID-powered fingerprint scanning should be expected for the so-called iPad Air 2, too, the well-connected analyst told investors in his report. This is in contrast to the rumor-mill which has long called for a separate media event in October to refresh the iPad lineup, based on Apple’s annual refresh cycle over the past three years.

Additionally, Kuo believes the next iPad Air will include an improved eight-megapixel rear camera, run Apple’s in-house designed A8 processor and sport full lamination for the touch panel like iPhones, making the colors pop and images appear as if painted on the cover glass.

So again, Kuo believes that the iPhones and iPads will both get refreshed next Tuesday, September 9. However, of the two iPad models, only the iPad Air 2 “will see significant spec upgrades,” reads the report. For what it’s worth, Kuo’s report mentions that Apple “may” update the iPad mini with Touch ID next week, if any.

“In light of limited development resources and the fact that iPad Air contributes more to Apple’s sales and earnings than iPad mini, we think that only iPad Air 2 will see a major upgrade in specs this year,” reads the report.

The analyst doesn’t mention a rumored ‘iPad Pro’ model thought to debut in early-2015 rocking a 12.9-inch screen and featuring a speedy chip with 2GB of RAM to power the split-screen multitasking feature.

If Kuo is right, we’re in for a truly massive event that’ll see the Cupertino firm announce two new iPhone 6 models, multiple iWatches, new iPads and who knows what else.

iPad pro concept (Ramotion, dynamics white background)
‘iPad Pro’ concept by Ramotion.

MacRumors additionally reported that the iPad Air 2 will have the previously rumored anti-reflective screen coating for better readability.

Apple executives have been dropping hints about exciting new products for the past year or so. Tim Cook himself has been teasing magnificent new products coming this year. And Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services said at the Re/code Conference that upcoming gadgets represent ”the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple”.

That’s a bold statement but I have no doubt that Apple will deliver.

You?

Reports Kuo released today:

[AppleInsider, MacRumors]

Image top of post: a scene from Samsung’s ad which paints the Galaxy Tab S as thinner, lighter and more powerful than the iPad Air.

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  • Merman123

    All this will fit in 2 hours ?

    • Luis Barbosa

      of course not ! they’ll have a 2nd keynote in october just like last year

      • Merman123

        Well not according to this article.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        He said unveiling of 2 iPhones iPad Air iWatch and iOS 8 preview & maybe more.. Will fit in 2hours?
        I think there will be a longer keynote.. Who knows.. Apple is already surprising us with all this!
        9th can’t come soon xD

    • Jailbrkr21

      if they cut the crap that they do at the start of the keynotes where they say how great their apps are & that 150 billion million trillion people have have downloaded them.

      • sdhn97

        Eh that’s usually less than 10 minutes… they like to please their developers.

      • Jailbrkr21

        10 minutes, you have a bad time perspective, its about 50 minutes. talking about software etc, we want hardware.

      • sdhn97

        idk bro. when i watched wwdc 14, they went to yosemite quickly…

      • Jailbrkr21

        and i rest my case. Yosemite is software, not hardware

      • sdhn97

        huh? they spent a few minutes saying how great their apps are then they previewed yosemite? what case?

      • Jailbrkr21

        the case where the op said will it all fit in 2 hours and i replied it would if they cut all the crap about apps etc (software) and you replied that they don’t take long and they talked about yosemite, which is software. this post is about hardware, the op was talking about hardware and i was eliminating the software from the keynote to make it fit in 2 hours.

      • sdhn97

        but yosemite, iOS 8 etc is all user stuff… crap we actually want… saying how great their apps are, we dont care about, and thats usually less than 10 minutes…
        they will talk about
        iOS 8, two iP6, iwatch, and if this guy is right, iPadAir2… could be covered in 1hr30 tbf

      • AppleFanboy

        YOU want hardware. I also want to see some software but none of the game demos they keep showcasing.

      • Jack Wong

        Do you know why they have to talk about that?

      • Jailbrkr21

        they don’t have to talk about that if they don’t want to. I don’t want them to, i want them to talk about the good stuff.

      • Jack Wong

        I see, if they did not talk about that, we would not have the App store like what we have now, it is a message for the software developers.

    • Sean Clark

      An hour and 59 minutes of os adoption rate graphs and app demonstrations. In the last sixty seconds Cook unleashes his technological machine gun orgy of products.

      “New iPad Air! No time to explain. You want it. Anyways, we got a new iPhone. Don’t like that size? We got another! Here’s a watch to go with it. What’s it do? Moving on! Look here. iPods, cuz screw it.

      Almost forgot, we made a tv.”

      *drops the mic*

      • Jamessmooth

        LOL. Drops the mic, drops the deuces, walks off stage to California Love.

      • Steve R.

        lol best comment I’ve read all week

  • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

    lol why is the opening photo the Asain guy front that samsung video?

  • James Gunaca

    Doubt this will happen.

  • Jason Baroni

    Next Tuesday or October, whenever you want, but I am really expecting some good upgrades!

    • Jailbrkr21

      i want an iWatch so much.

      • Jason Baroni

        I do too, pal, but I just sold my iPad mini. The next iPad has became a need for me lol

  • Chocolatewe

    i would love this

  • Jonathan

    Isn’t that an iPad Pro render concept? (The last photo)

    • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

      Yes, it says so right below the picture.

  • sdhn97

    Hmm, October event could be for Mac OS and upgrades, possibly that MacBook Air retina release, too. iPad Pro would fit in better with the mac launches than with iPhone etc.

    • Shakur Ali

      Can’t wait

  • Omar Sharif

    You forgot the new iPods , Apple releases new iPods every 2 years (iPod Touch 5 was released 2012)

    • http://www.eazycomputers.com/ PhoneTechJay

      iPads should released like this.

  • Maxim∑

    finally its laminated. iPad Air is glare city

  • Jamessmooth

    A refresh on Tuesday makes sense to me, especially if they moved the watch unveiling to Tuesday from some time in October. Not enough of a jump from Air 1 to Air 2 to justify an entire media event for iPads.

  • Kenny .B

    Just sold my old iPad 3, now i don’t know what to take : Cheaper iPad air or iPad air 2. Advice please.

    • Steve R.

      Well step one is for sure to wait until Sept. 9 to see if it’s worth it to buy the 2nd gen iPad Air or save cash and get the first gen.

      • Kenny .B

        Thanks. Really needed an advice.

  • Tronjheim79

    Drop the 16GB and replace the iPad’s entry storage to 32! And then move the price level to the 16′s.

  • deepdvd

    16GB is becoming way to small even for casual users. I hear so many people complaining that they run out of space. I agree that 32GB should be the minimum.

  • MacGuru17

    I *seriously* doubt it, but now this article is having me check Gazelle and Glyde for my iPad mini’s trade in value… Grr.