Apple Reported to Launch New iPads on October 24: What To Expect
After launching two new iPhones, a new version of iOS and a preview of the Apple Watch, Apple will now turn its attention towards the other half of the hardware lineup. While the company plans to focus on its upcoming tablets and computers at tomorrow’s press event, it has reportedly already started shipping mass quantities of new iPads into the U.S. and appears to be setting stage for a Friday, October 24 launch event, according to MacRumors which cited a credible source for the tip.
The source, however, didn’t identify which model — the iPad Air 2, the Retina iPad mini 2, or both — is being transported.
This indicates the timing would follow Apple’s usual strategy for such launches, that is, hitting the shelves just a week after the products are announced. Last year, Apple introduced the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini on October 22 and launched the iPad Air on November 1, though the Retina mini was supply constrained and landed a few weeks later.
The new iPad Air and iPad mini have been in news for some time now and we’ve seen plenty of part leaks of the devices. From what has been revealed so far, it’s being assumed that the bigger device will get bigger update.
Regarding their physical appearance, the devices aren’t expected to differ much from their last year predecessors, but the leaks reveal that they will be updated from the inside.
Rumors suggest that the iPad Air 2 will feature a more powerful A8X processor and 2GB of RAM compared to that of 1GB in the current generation of iPads and iPhone 6 lineup as well. The purporated increase in memory could offer a better multitasking experience on the device.
The iPad update is also reported to integrate TouchID fingerprint sensor that will work with the company’s new payment service Apple Pay.
Reports also claim that front panel of the next-gen iPad Air will have integrated display that will slightly reduce the thickness of the device.
Moreover, Bloomberg previously reported that the tablet will come with the new anti-reflective coating to enhance the readability factor of the device. However, there is no word on whether the new Retina mini will get this update or not.
Worth mentioning that Apple is said to add gold as a choice of color for its tablet devices.
But still these are just rumors, and we’ll have to wait till tomorrow when Apple will announce its new iPad Air 2 and an updated Retina iPad mini, and possibly launch them on October 24.
In addition to iPad lineup, Apple is also scheduled to launch some other products, including iMac Retina, the Mac Mini and the Apple TV software upgrade. Whatever happens, we will keep you updated with the tomorrow’s press event. So stay tuned with us!
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