Sunday, February 16, 2014

Analyst: Apple Will Release Updated iPad Air With A8 Processor In 2014 And iPad Mini In 2015

Analyst: Apple Will Release Updated iPad Air With A8 Processor In 2014 And iPad Mini In 2015 - It is most likely that Apple will hold off the release of a newer iPad mini and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro until 2015 Also Apple may be working to introduce an upgraded iPad Air this year.The analyst Ming_Chi Kuo sees that the only tablet That Apple introduces this year is the new iPad Air that would has an A8 processor and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Now, let's see what Kuo has said in his research not, but after the jump.

Apple is focusing on improving its resources from the retina iPad Mini towards developed the 12.9 inch iPad, as Kuo said. It was said that the larger iPad will be released late this year or early next year with limited supply:

Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9” iPad. As such, more resources will be allocated to these two products, which will affect the progress of the development of new iPad mini. All told, we think chances of the debut of a new iPad mini in 2H14 are slim. In addition, the 12.9” iPad is unlikely to be offered in 2014. For these reasons, we predict the only new iPad product in 2H14 will be the upgraded iPad Air.

Kuo predicts that the iPad shipments will  decrease from 34 million units in the first half of 2013 to below 30 million in the first half of 2014. He also predicts that Apple will restart mass production of the iPad 4 in 2014 as it looks to slowly end the production of iPad 2 after a three years from running it.

After he shared some thoughts on the possibility of a 12.9 inch iPad last October, The analyst stated that the 12.9 inch iPad will allow developers to create more apps for bigger screen. He stated that the Sixth-generation iPad would contain 30:40% higher pixel density than a bigger screen.
Some reports stated throughout the last two months. that Apple is looking to a late Q3 2014 launch for iPad Pro.