Consumers haven’t yet fully recovered from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s September 9 event when the company unveiled two models of iPhone 6, Apple Pay, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay. But the Cupertino company has started preparing for the iPad launch event in the run up to the holiday season. Bloomberg has learned from its sources that the tech giant will unveil its new iPads in mid-October.
iPad Air 2 rumored features
Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, DailyDot reports that the new iPads will be announced on October 21, exactly one year after the previous iPad event. The iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3 are highly anticipated tablets as Apple hasn’t refreshed its tablet line for a year. Apple Insider also claims that the new iPads will be unveiled in the “second half of October.” Last month, a Bloomberg report claimed that the iPad Air 2 has already entered mass production.
Rumors suggest that the iPad Air 2 will have a 9.7-inch Retina display, A8 processor, iOS 8 operating system, 8MP main camera, 1.5MP front camera, and fingerprint scanner. It will be slimmer, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor. Apple will likely add anti-coating reflection to the iPad Air 2 screen so that users can operate it in sunlight.
OS X Yosemite to be released next month
The iPad Mini 3 with 7.9-inch display will get anti-reflection coating, TouchID sensor and iOS 8. Apple may also launch it in gold color option. Along with the two iPad models, the Cupertino company will almost certainly bring the OS X Yosemite, which was announced at WWDC in June. That’s because Yosemite plays a key role in many of the features Apple introduced with the iOS 8. The OS X will bring Continuity feature to Macs. It will allow users to seamlessly switch email composition, web browsing and other functions from the mobile to desktops.
The iPad sales have been falling over the last few quarters. Apple shipped 13.3 million iPad units during the June quarter, missing the Wall Street estimate of over 14 million units.