Apple iPad Air 2 hits the production line
Reports from Apple manufacturing partners indicate that the Cupertino computing giant’s latest iPads have hit the production lines in East Asia. The usual mysterious sources referred to as “people with knowledge of the matter,” (via Bloomberg) have indicated that mass production of a new 9.7-inch screened iPad is now underway.
The new full sized iPad, known as the iPad 6 or iPad Air 2, depending upon the nomenclature you wish to follow is thought by many commentators to be a rather simple incremental update. While we have seen many indications that the upcoming Apple iPhone 6 will be a large step away from the customary diminutive Apple smartphone forms of old the new iPad doesn’t look to be a very significant update.
Bloomberg says that the new iPad will come as Apple tries to re-invigorate tablet sales “after two straight quarters of declines,” but looking at what is expected to be new doesn’t bring us great confidence that a big surge in orders will be the result.
Key updates of the iPad Air 2 are expected, but not confirmed, to include:
- The 64-bit A8 chipset, still a dual-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
- A new minimum storage capacity of 32GB – about time!
- Touch ID built into the home button
- A new anti-reflection screen coating
- That’s it…
Also a new iPad mini is expected to be on the way, possibly to be revealed at the same time. It will likely boast many of the same improvements listed above, present within its bigger brother. While these new tablets might not appeal to the owners of new iPad Air and iPad mini 2 tablets they may well be a welcome upgrade to those still cradling an older tablet like the iPad 2 for example.