Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad Air 2 reportedly goes into production in July. It is rumored that the next generation tablet will feature a design that looks similar to the current iPad but with a resolution display of 2048 x 1536. This report comes from Korean news source ET News.

Apple iPad Air 2

iPad Air 2 features

The upcoming device is also rumored to feature an advanced A8 processor, 8-megapixel sensor for the rear camera, and a 1.5-megapixel front camera. This would be a nice improvement for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s beloved tablet computer, but the camera for the iPhone still trumps it as the winner.

Although there was no mention of a Touch ID feature for the upcoming iPad Air tablet, there is still a solid possibility that the next tablet from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could feature it anyway. ET News’ report is similar to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions. Kuo speculates that the next iPhone will be released in the latter half of Q3. He also predicts that the tablet will feature an A8 chip and TouchID.

Rival tablet to debut soon

With so much talk about Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s upcoming iPhone 6 and iWatch, the iPad seems more like an afterthought. Tablets are still big business though, and it is vital for the company to continue the iPad lineup. The Cupertino-based tech giant’s main rival Samsung is set to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Tab S this week. The 10.5-inch tablet with an ultra-slim design is expected to be a direct competitor with the iPad Air 2.  The tablet will also come in a 8.4-inch variant. Both tablets will feature 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution displays, octa-core Exynos 5420 processors, 8-megapixel rear cameras, 2.1 megapixel front cameras, Mali-T628 graphics, and 3GB of RAM. The tablet will also feature 32GB of storage and run on the Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat operating system.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:0059935) may give Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) a run for its money with the upcoming tablet, but it is still highly unlikely that it will happen. Apple usually trumps rivals.

via: 9To5Mac