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iPad Air 2 to Debut Next Week, Says Report

by Sean P. Aune | September 4, 2014September 4, 2014 10:00 am PST

The Apple Inc. logo hangs inside the newest Apple Store in New York City's Grand Central Station

Hold on to your hats folks because Apple may use its Sept. 9 event not only for the iPhone and iWatch, but also the iPad Air 2.

According to an investors note released today by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will use its Sept. 9 event to debut the iPad Air 2 next to its iPhone 6 and iWatch. If correct, and Kuo has a fairly sterling track record, this would break with Apple’s traditional announcements of the past few years where it announces the iPhone and iPad at separate events.

While Kuo doesn’t go into detail as to why he believes Apple will be following this path, he does share his thoughts on the the changes we may see along with why there may not be an iPad mini update this year.

In light of limited development resources and the fact that iPad Air contributes more to Apple’s sales and earnings than iPad mini, we think that only iPad Air 2 will see a major upgrade in specs this year, including anti-reflective coating for the cover lens, full lamination for the touch panel, a gold-colored metal casing, an A8 processor, Touch ID/ fingerprint recognition and an 8-megapixel rear camera. iPad mini may be upgraded with fingerprint recognition, if any.

We like to give Kuo the benefit of the doubt due to his track record, but this does seem a bit out of character for Apple. While it’s true that the company has had a fairly quiet year thus far for new releases, pumping all of its products into one event seems odd. If the changes are minor however, perhaps the iPad doesn’t warrant a full event this year. If true, the Apple Sept. 9 event is going to be a very, very busy day.

TechnoBuffalo will be in attendance, so make sure to check back for our full coverage of everything Apple may have up its sleeve on Tuesday.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...