It’s almost a given that Apple will update its iPad lineup this fall along with a new iPhone, but until recently we hadn’t heard much about its next-generation tablets. Now we’ve got an early prediction from KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s got a pretty good track record predicting Apple’s products and lays out his expectations in a note obtained by Apple Insider.
Kuo plays it safe with his iPad predictions, pointing to a few smaller upgrades while addressing claims of a super-sized model. The new iPad Air will allegedly get a Touch ID, the upcoming A8 processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera, while the third-generation iPad mini will also get an A8 chip and a fingerprint scanner. Meanwhile that rumored larger tablet, which Kuo claims could offer a 12.9-inch display, apparently won’t launch until 2015.
It sounds like the biggest update to the iPad series this year could be a fingerprint sensor, which makes sense but might be a bit of a letdown for tablet fans. Touch ID seems like a perfect match for Apple’s iPad lineup, and we’re still surprised it wasn’t included in last year’s update at least for the iPad Air. It’s possible that limited production of sapphire glass, which covers the new Home button, forced Apple to delay this particular update. Hopefully’s Apple’s new Arizona plant means there will be plenty of sapphire to go around this year.