A new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple’s upcoming iPad reboot will feature an 8-megapixel camera. Kuo bases his claim solely on the “increasingly competitive” tablet market—no doubt in reference so the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX and Surface 2—but there’s no evidence to suggest Apple will do such a thing. Kuo also claims the Cupertino company’s iPad mini will feature an 8-megapixel camera as a “bid to increase competitiveness.”
Over the past few months, it’s become increasingly clear Apple is set to introduce a new look to its larger iPad line. What’s unclear is how Apple will differentiate (aside from looks) from previous models. Recent rumors claim Touch ID and new colors might be on the way, though those reports haven’t been verified. A bolstered camera would certainly help attract consumers, but tablet cameras have never really been a priority for Apple; the current model sports a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture. We also expect faster processors.
If Apple’s new iPad and iPad mini do receive upgrades, the devices could potentially feature the same technology introduced in the iPhone 5s. That would allow for better low-light pictures and possibly some of the 5s’ features, including slow motion video and burst mode. According to Kuo, Apple’s tablets won’t feature the new True Tone flash that debuted on the iPhone 5s, which promises more natural pictures when flash is used.
Apple has been unusually quiet this year on the tablet front, but now that the new iPhones are out of the way, it’s about time for the company to break its silence. We’ve heard Apple might hold an event on Oct. 15, just a few weeks away. But until those invites start rolling out, the rumor mill (and analyst foundry) will continue to produce.