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.