Next iPad Air May Include Upgraded A8 Processor, 8 Megapixel Camera

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Displays for Apple's next-generation iPad Air are set to begin production this month, reports Korean site ETNews [Google Translation] (via AmongTech), with other major parts such as the camera module also set to enter production soon.

    Apple's second iPad Air is expected to continue to feature the same featherweight design introduced with the first iPad Air, using the same 9.7-inch Retina LCD with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. LG Display will begin production on the displays in June, with Samsung and Sharp ramping up production next month.

    Though the next-generation iPad Air will not see any design changes, it may see some hardware improvements in the form of an upgraded 8-megapixel rear camera, an improvement over the current 5-megapixel camera. It may incorporate the same 8-megapixel camera used in the iPhone 5s, which also includes a larger sensor for improved low-light performance. iOS 8 will also bring photography updates to both Apple's existing and next-generation iPad Airs, in the form of new panoramic and time-lapse modes.

    Along with a better camera, the iPad Air is unsurprisingly expected to include an upgraded A8 processor to improve both performance and battery life and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor first introduced with the iPhone 5s.

    It is unclear when Apple plans to release its second-generation iPad Air, but rumors have pointed towards a release in September or October, which would be in line with previous iPad releases. Apple's Retina iPad mini is expected to be updated at the same time, featuring many of the same improvements.

    Article Link: Next iPad Air May Include Upgraded A8 Processor, 8 Megapixel Camera
  2. William Gates macrumors 6502

    William Gates

    Oct 26, 2007
  3. iPhone7s macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2014
  4. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
  5. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  6. Loyalty4Life macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2006
    Hmmmm. And I may be getting one year older next year.
  7. ouchiko macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2007
    because the iPad air needs a new processor, a camera no-one really uses and a finger print sensor.. meh. Come on Apple.
  8. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    i think they will use in-cell isplay like iphone 5 so will be thinner from 7.5mm to 7.3mm
  9. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
  10. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
  11. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009

    i've actually seen people taking photos with it and the camera is used for skype/facetime as well
  12. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Really 9.7 inch? I did not see that coming:rolleyes:
  13. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    A7... hmmmmm... what comes after 7....... hmmmmm. Wait, eureka, it's 8!!!!!!!
    It shall be known that the next processor shall be the A8, unless Apple changes it's name to Banana, in which case it *may* be the B8.
  14. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2008
    Brilliant reporting. "The next model may have slight upgrades from the previous!" :rolleyes:
  15. Alumeenium macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    incremental innovation = snooze fest zzZzzZzZzzZzz :(
  16. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    boost to 2gb of ram, the rest doesn't matter much...
  17. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Well I was expecting downgrades... like a A6 processer...
  18. AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    I'm just crossing my fingers and hoping it has a screen, and not to be greedy, but it would be fantastic if it has a supporting chassis of some kind. :p
  19. Pagemakers macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2008
    Manchester UK
    2015: next iPad Air may include upgraded A9 processor and 9 megapixel camera.

    2016: next iPad Air may include upgraded A10 processor and 10 megapixel camera.

    2017: next iPad Air may include upgraded A11 processor and 11 megapixel camera.

    2018: next iPad Air may include upgraded A12 processor and 12 megapixel camera.

    Whatever next?
  20. Macalway macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2013
    Yeah, it's a speed bump not 'Next iPad' (whatever)

    Anyway, there will be 2GB. Has to be. This is one of the weak links that needs taking care of. If they don't,'s would not be good.
  21. mohdamerul macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2012
    Kuala Lumpur
  22. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    A new processor, because the iPhone will have a new, faster processor, which developers will take advantage of it.
    A camera that "no-one" really uses, and a few someones also.
    A fingerprint sensor, because Apple has opened up the fingerprint sensor for developers to access (in a secure way). It would be a shame if their flagship tablet didn't even have the sensor.
    But if you'd prefer the iPad Air have last year's specs, you can always use last year's iPad Air.
  23. scott911 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2009
    fancy camera should launch a dialog box that says,
    "you know you look like an idiot, right?"
  24. Thunderhawks macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2009
    ...and there will be Christmas!
  25. zipa macrumors 65816

    Feb 19, 2010
    I suppose that it might come in Wifi or Wifi + wireless configurations, with a choice between multiple storage sizes, too. But those are just rumors, so take them with a grain of salt, will you?

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