Rumor: iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 both coming in Q3 with Touch ID, A8 chips

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iPad AirSamsung might be mocking Apple now for how the “Retina thingy” on the iPads delivers inferior screen resolution to its latest Galaxy Tabs, but Cupertino may well have the last laugh come September.

According to reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that’s when the next-generation iPads will see daylight. Well, he doesn’t spell out the timetable for us, yet “late in the third quarter” likely translates into September.

As rumored before, a jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad Pro is in the works alongside conventional 9.7 and 7.9-inch models, however the gargantuan desktop PC replacement will probably be on standby until next year.

When exactly in 2015? Hard to say, but Apple is keen on taking as much time as possible to refine iPad Pro’s potentially “innovative and intuitive” user interface. Back to iPad Air and iPad mini 2’s follow-ups, these are tipped to both incorporate Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology and pack yet to be announced upgraded A8 processors.

The naming scheme is unclear (iPad Air 2 and New iPad mini probably make sense), while in terms of manufacturing and marketing focus, Apple is expected to bet on the 9.7 incher primarily. That’s reportedly due to disappointing iPad mini Retina sales, albeit there’s no way to verify the information at this time.

In all honesty, everything Kuo revealed could turn out to be hogwash. But trust me, it’s not.

Via [Pocket Now]

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