What could be the specs of the iPad Air 2?
Apple could be releasing the iPad Air 2 some time in October, if KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo‘s assessment that it will launch earlier than its predecessor, the iPad Air, are accurate.
Specs wise, Kuo notes that the iPad Air 2 will have the latest A8 processor, an 8 mega-pixel camera, and finally feature Touch ID technology.
Apple fans felt rather let down last year with the iPad Air because it did not feature Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner, despite it being feature already with the iPhone 5S.
The 8 mega-pixel camera is also a significant update to the 5 mega-pixel camera found in the iPad Air. The front camera could also receive an upgrade to 1.5 mega-pixels as compared to 1.2 mega-pixels.
There have been some rumors that Apple is going to use Sharp’s IGZO display technology, which helps with power conservation, has better colors and viewing angles.
According to ETNews, however, Apple is not going to incorporate the IGZO tech because of supply issues.
If the display speculation cannot get any more confusing, Ray Soneira of DisplayMate Technologies thinks that Apple is already using IGZO tech, so if there’s enough screens to go around now for the iPad Air, there could be enough for the iPad Air 2.
From the design angle, the iPad Air 2 is about the same size as the iPad Air. The chassis sports a single row of speaker grille as compared to two rows in the iPad Air.
The volume buttons and power switch are also recessed into the chassis instead of sticking out like in the current iPad Air.
The iPad Air 2 could probably be announced alongside the iPhone 6 in September, according to Phones Review UK, so expect more of the tablet’s specs to get leaked out before the release.