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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


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.


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


macrumors 603
Jun 19, 2009
because the iPad air needs a new processor, a camera no-one really uses and a finger print sensor.. meh. Come on Apple.

i've actually seen people taking photos with it and the camera is used for skype/facetime as well


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.


macrumors 603
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


macrumors 68030
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?


macrumors 68040
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.


macrumors 68040
Feb 11, 2012
Florida, USA
because the iPad air needs a new processor, a camera no-one really uses and a finger print sensor.. meh. Come on Apple.
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.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 24, 2009
fancy camera should launch a dialog box that says,
"you know you look like an idiot, right?"


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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