Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 as well as the rumored iWatch at its event on September 9. However, it seems the Cupertino-based company might have a surprise up its sleeve. According to a research note obtained by AppleInsider, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple might unveil the iPad Air 2 at the same event.
Kuo claims Apple will take the wraps off the next-generation iPad Air alongside the iPhone 6 and the iWatch. The iPad Air 2 will see a “significant spec upgrade,” which is likely to include next-gen A8 processor, Touch ID fingerprint scanner, full-lamination touch panel, and an anti-reflective screen coating. The new iPad Air will also boast a new gold color option.
Earlier reports have claimed that the forthcoming iPad Air is likely to boast 2GB of RAM, which is double of what is offered on the first-generation model. The reason for boost is the multi-tasking feature that is likely to be introduced on iOS 8.
In terms of design, the iPad Air 2 is said to be thinner than before and small changes include redesigned speaker grills that have been reduced to a single row of holes, and buttons that are more recessed into the iPad’s frame than before. Leaked rear shells of the iPad Air also show the presence of a second microphone beside the rear camera, which seems to be for noise cancellation as with the Continuity feature on iOS 8, users will be able to receive and make calls on their iPad.