With all the buzz about Apple’s (AAPL) unwrapping its new iPhone 6 and iWatch, perhaps lost in the clamor is word the vendor may also unwrap a new iPad Air 2 with “significant spec upgrades."
KGI Securities analyst and noted Apple follower Ming-Chi Kuo said in a research note obtained by AppleInsider that the vendor will introduce a new iPad Air 2 in addition to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 phablets, iWatch and iOS 8 details it’s expected to roll out.
Until Kuo’s report, no word of a new tablet at the Sept. 9 event had surfaced (no pun intended). If Apple does bring out an upgrade to the iPad Air, it would be somewhat unexpected, given the vendor also is expected to hold an October event for other new products it plans to unleash. Apple introduced the iPad Air in October 2013 and the iPad Mini in October 2012.
As recounted by AppleInsider, Kuo wrote that the the next-generation iPad Air will feature an anti-reflective screen coating, a full-lamination touch panel and a gold-colored casing, and will run on Apple’s new A8 processor. The vendor is expected to include its Touch ID fingerprint sensor technology first baked into the iPhone 5S last year in the new iPad Air.
As for the iPad Mini, Kuo speculated it may also receive an update this year to include Touch ID.
So thick is the anticipation of Apple's new devices that customers already have lined up at Apple’s iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York. According to a number of reports, enthusiasts began lining up outside the store Sept. 3, six days before the iPhone 6’s expected debut, to be among the first to get their hands on the new smartphone or the new iWatch or, perhaps, a new iPad Air.