iPad Air 2 With 8MP Camera, A8 Processor Entering Production This Month

There’s no doubt that the iPad Air, released late last year by Apple, was the best upgrade to the company’s tablet line-up since the original slate hit the scene back in 2010. With its slick, iPad mini-like form factor and high-end specs, it seemed miraculous that the Cupertino company had managed to squeeze so much hardware into such a svelte package, and now, its forthcoming successor, the iPad Air 2, is apparently about to go into production.

Although an A8 processor bump for the iPad Air 2, or iPad 6, would seem customary, it has also emerged that the camera will be subject to some attention. The rear-facing shooter of the iPhone is regularly improved with each new revision, having established a reputation for delivering a premier point-and-shoot experience, but for all of its great features and strengths, the iPad’s snapper has always been a tad lackluster by comparison.

This looks set to change with the next full-size iPad, though, with an ETNews report spilling all of the juicy details. Along with the 8-megapixel camera, the article also notes that the device will be going into production later this month, which ties in nicely with the notion of an October release bracket.

The resolution of the display will, according to the report, stay the same, but given the crisp nature of the current panel, this isn’t something that prospective owners of the iPad Air’s successor should be in any way concerned about.

Aside from the on-paper camera improvements referred to in the report, it is also reckoned that Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor will also debut on the iPad, with both the Air and the mini lines expected to benefit from the technology. The company regularly rolls these exciting new features out to the iPhone first before trickling them through to the wider product line-up, and given the increased authentication offered by Touch ID, iPad users will surely welcome this implementation.

Along with upgrades to the current iPad roster, it is also suspected that Apple could take the wraps off a so-called “iPad Pro” device, which would offer a display size significantly larger than the current iPad Air. Whether there’s any truth in such reports remains to be seen, but with Samsung having already entered this market with the Galaxy Tab Pro series, don’t be surprised if Tim Cook’s hardware design team is poised to counter later this year.

(Source: ETNews [Google Translate])

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