Kuo: Next-Generation iPad Air to Debut at Sept. 9 Event

Kuo: Next-Generation iPad Air to Debut at Sept. 9 Event

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo continues to spout predictions for Apple’s September 9th event. He says the company may debut a next-generation iPad Air at the shindig, and expects it to sport a Touch ID sensor, an anti-reflective screen coating, a full-lamination touch panel, and more.



Kuo, of KGI Securities, issued a new research note on Thursday, a copy of which was obtained byAppleInsider, in which he said he believes a so-called “iPad Air 2” will be unveiled by Apple next Tuesday. That would be alongside the 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions of the “iPhone 6,” as well as a wearable wrist-worn device.

Kuo says that “only iPad Air 2 will see significant spec upgrades,” indicating the iPad mini may not be getting much upgrade love this go around.

Kuo believes the next-gen iPad Air will boast an anti-reflective screen coating, a full-lamination touch panel, a new gold-colored casing, and a next-generation A8 processor. He also expects the device to sport the Touch ID fingerprint sensor currently available only on the iPhone 5s.

Kuo says the iPad mini “may” get an update with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, but seemed less confident about any major upgrades for the 7.9-inch tablet offering from Apple.

Apple will hold an event on Tuesday, September 9, where it is expected to debut it’s latest flagship iPhone(s), its “iWatch” wearable technology, and – if Kuo is correct – an updated iPad Air as well.

The event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, CA, will kick off at 10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern Time. As usual, MacTrast will be covering the event as it happens. Be there, or be square.

  1. TedJustfar says:

    – Touch ID
    – anti-reflective screen coating
    – a full-lamination touch panel
    – a new gold-colored casing
    – and a next-generation A8 processor

    And Apple is complaining that iPad sales are declining. Well, why on earth would I want to buy an iPad when the only thing is different on it is the shape of the on/off button? Are you kiddin’ me!?

    My iPad 3 works just fine. It’s 2.5 years old and works like a charm without any glitches (…knock on wood).

    My opinion is that if you have an iPad 3 or newer and you want to buy the upcoming iPad, it’s an indication that your life is just plain boring. I’d recommend just to give your iPad money to someone in need. It will be better spent.

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