Thinner, lighter, with Touch ID and better cameras, the Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are set to arrive on the same day as their predecessors one year ago.
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models were announced by iPhone maker Apple, Inc. earlier this month and released this past Friday, but the company isn’t done for the year just yet. The only announcements left for the company consist of Apple’s tablets — apart from the arrival of Mac OS X Yosemite.
Yosemite is scheduled to arrive, but iOS 8 users won’t be able to make the most of Handoff, for example, which allows you to work on multiple iDevices while alternating them when performing a task such as sending a text message.
Yosemite will also bring a new internet search box on the main desktop screen for Mac users, along with the ability to make audio calls and respond to them, as well as a new Wi-Fi hotspot feature that allows you to connect to your iPhone’s data service when outside of an area with an accessible internet network.
Our sources tell us that the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will be announced on October 21, one month from the start of the Fall season. The iPad Air 2 will retain its Retina 9.7-inch display while the iPad Mini 3 retains its 7.9-inch display. We’ve not heard about an increase in screen resolutions, so we’re assuming that Apple will stick with its current 2048 x 1536 screen resolution.
The iPad Air 2 will also feature Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint register and run Apple’s latest iOS 8 mobile operating system. iOS 8 brings the Handoff feature discussed above, but also adds Apple’s new iCloud Drive alongside of Health and HealthKit apps that monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose levels, and other medical information.
Apple does intend to increase its front and back cameras in the new iPad Air 2, with a 1.5MP front camera and an 8MP back camera. The new A8 processor with the new M8 motion coprocessor will find its way to the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 as well, so you’ll still have all the power in your iPads that you have in the new iPhone 6.
Sources also tell us that Apple’s got something new in store for its devices this year: anti-reflection coating. This new rumor does provide insight into Apple, and it’s devices.
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Rival manufacturer Samsung has always said that LCD screens glare in sunlight, and promoted its own Galaxy Tab S as a tablet whose Adaptive Display makes reading easier in sunlight.
Apple’s decision to add anti-reflection coating shows that the company is aware of its glare problems and wants to rectify this for users. iOS users will appreciate it regardless, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung point out yet another area in which it is superior to Apple displays after the iPad announcement next month.
As always, you can count on Apple devices becoming thinner and lighter, though it’ll be interesting to see how thin and light the iPad Air 2 will prove to be when compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S after its announcement next month.
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The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will arrive to market at the end of October, right around the time Google and Taiwanese Android manufacturer HTC plan to announce the much-rumored HTC Nexus 9 tablet that’s shaping up to be a gaming beast with its Nvidia Tegra K1 processor.