Apple is expected to launch their next-generation iPads as soon as later this month, and KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is still expecting the full-sized iPad and the second-generation iPad mini to debut sometime in Q4 of 2013, but now he believes that Apple will be upgrading the camera on the popular tablets, giving them some 8 megapixel love, along with some other improvements.
Kuo, via 9to5Mac:
Apple could upgrade the camera as a selling point for the new iPad in a bid to increase competitiveness.
We expect the upgrade will include 8MP rear camera, up from 5MP, and larger aperture. Lens module ASP will rise 10-20% on this optics spec upgrade.
The new iPhone 5s contains an 8 megapixel sensor, with a new five-element lens, a larger F2.2 aperture, and the sensor contains a 15% larger active area, with bigger pixels, so if the iPads received something similar, it would be a nice selling point indeed. (No matter how silly it looks to take photos with your iPad.)
Earlier today, in what seems to be a ritual every year about this time, Reuters reported that supply chain issues with the Retina display allegedly destined for the iPad mini 2 will mean only limited quantities of the device will be available in Q4, with full-scale production pushed back into 2014. (Our man, J. Glenn Künzler, shared his opinion about Reuter’s report about the “delays” in the Retina iPad mini. It makes for some fascinating, if mature, reading.)