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Apple planning to announce iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 in October

The iPhone 6 and iWatch have stolen much of the rumor attention in recent days, but, lest you forget about Apple’s tablet collection, analysts are back to remind you that Apple sells tablets, too.

The iPad Air 2, the second-generation “thin and light” iPad, along with the second Retina display iPad Mini, are set to arrive this Fall. October is the month, although we don’t yet have an exact date for the Apple iPad presentation. Apple announcements formerly took place in September – until Apple created the iPhone 5C and the iPad Mini. At that point, the company split its announcement into two days, usually four weeks apart. It seems that the same will occur this year.

Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will get the Touch ID fingerprint register found on the iPhone 5s, according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans. From what we’ve seen with Apple, this is an expected move for a number of reasons. When Apple created its Siri voice command for the iPhone 4S, the company later brought Siri to the iPad 3 experience and thus, to the iPad. Siri is now a welcome part of the iPad experience. Apple decided to make its iPhone even thinner and lighter in the iPhone 5s than ever before, and the company decided to remodel its large iPad with a slimmer “wasteline” and new name: for the first time, the larger iPad, simply called “The New iPad,” would now be called “iPad Air.” Analysts also predicted the “iPad Air” name, seeing that Apple had created a larger MacBook followed by the “MacBook Air.” The Touch ID home button will be made of tin this year, and Apple looks to increase the durability of the fingerprint register-embedded home button so that it can hold up against body sweat and oils. One complaint made against the Touch ID home button last year is that it corroded easily if you used it with grease, water, or sweat on your hands. Since Apple supports its iPad line for three years (as it does its iPhone line), the company’s durability efforts are to be applauded in this area.

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The next piece of “the Apple pie” concern the 8MP camera Apple is said to consider using in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 – as opposed to the current 5MP camera on the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 currently. The 5MP camera is the same camera that is found in the iPad 3, the company’s first Retina display tablet announced back in 2012. If you’ve ever used the 5MP camera to do simple things such as record a YouTube video or record moments with your children and relatives, you’ll understand that the 5MP camera could use some work in this area. Apple looks to increase the back camera to 8MP in order to compete with rival tablets on the market, such as those from Samsung’s Galaxy Note, NotePRO, and TabPRO tablet series.

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Last but not least is Apple’s A8 processor, which is said to come with a 64-bit processor chip. Apple released the 64-bit processor chip in last year’s iPhone 5s, so we’re not surprised to see it return with the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2. Apple has built its processor chip for multitasking, and the company will use the new A8 chip for its iPad line to make the most of the split-screen multitasking feature that has been discovered by Apple developers in iOS 8. Apple didn’t announce the new iOS 8 feature at WWDC 2014, but analysts have reason to believe that Apple intends to wait until it announces the 64-bit A8 processor chip designed for the iPad this October before making the iOS 8 feature known.

Both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will feature Retina displays and will run iOS 8. We expect the iPad Air 2 to begin selling at Apple’s usual tablet price of $499 for 16GB while the iPad Mini 3 will have a starting retail price of $399 (16GB).

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