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KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo expects this year's Apple iPads to have A8 chip and Touch ID

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KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo expects this year's Apple iPads to have A8 chip and Touch ID
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is what you might call "well-connected" at Apple. Last year, he was spot on with his call for a fingerprint scanner to be embedded in the home button on the Apple iPhone 5s. He even correctly predicted the use of sapphire for Touch ID. Now, with every analyst and his Uncle concentrating on the next iteration of the Apple iPhone, Kuo is focusing on the Apple iPad.

According to the "plugged-in" analyst, the Apple iPad Air 2 will launch late in the third quarter, a little earlier than usual. The new flagship tablet will be equipped with a TSMC produced A8 processor, Touch ID and a rear-facing 8MP camera. And while the Apple iPad mini with Retina display failed to set sales records for the gang at Cupertino, it too will be updated to include an A8 CPU and Touch ID.

Ming-Chi Kuo explained that the reason why the iPad mini with Retina display didn't take off, had to do with the thicker form factor necessary to include the higher resolution display. And while the public didn't seem to favor the change, the analyst says that the new model coming this year will have the same form factor.  He expects Apple to release the new version of the tablet in limited quantities, while it continues to offer the current version of the slate at a discounted price.

Kuo also says that Apple is working on a 12.9 inch tablet that will not be launched until 2015, so that the company can add special features for the large-screened device. The tablet will have a new UI that features an input that will be as "efficient as a device with keyboard," said Kuo.

Will the analyst be right again? If so, we should know before the start of the fourth quarter.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:16

1. marlboro (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


camera flash! oh btw, I suggest a new name for the ipad mini 2/retina.... call it the ipad air mini??? LOL

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:47 1

5. Sauce (unregistered)


Whatever it is, it will continue to reign domination in tablet sales. Poor other companies.

posted on 30 May 2014, 12:16

13. garlic456 (Posts: 149; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


At least they don't call it something like "Lg Pro Lite"

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:19 2

2. aayupanday (Posts: 454; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I'm really hoping that Google come up with the HTC Made Nexus 8.9 later in the 2nd Quarter of this year which can give the iPad a run for its money.
But there will have to be a lot of tablet optimized apps to compete with Apple.
Good Luck Google!

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:41

4. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 137; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I agree. Google is definitely catching up fast but Apple's iPad's have upper hand on better optimized apps for it.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:53

6. marlboro (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


you will pay an extra bucks for an extraordinary service, that's ios...

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 04:54

10. Finalflash (Posts: 1433; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Damn it when will people understand, they don't have better optimized apps for it. They just have apps labelled "tablet only". That is just a rip off since all Android apks have to support both tablets and phones with different layouts and graphics available for both (unless you are one of those really lazy devs).

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:07 1

11. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 137; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


I don't know. I own both and I have seen crappy apps that are fine on my android phone but crappy on my Samsung note 10.1

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 22:25

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2615; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


If predictions is what analysts do. Here i am a new candidate for analyst.

posted on 09 Apr 2014, 23:41

7. bunnystar (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2014)


first, analysts emerged to check the rumours surrounding the upcoming mobile devices and now i guess a second bunch of people are on their way to check the truth of these analysts..and it goes on...

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 00:50

8. techperson211 (Posts: 424; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Up until windows allowed office on Ipad , it's just an oversized iPod touch nothing special .

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 04:28

9. brrunopt (Posts: 396; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


An A8 ? no sh*t sherlock... I will make one even more bold, the year after they wil have an A9,..

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 05:58

12. MobileGuru (Posts: 74; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)


"the reason why the iPad mini with Retina display didn't take off, had to do with the thicker form factor necessary to include the higher resolution display" BULLSHlT. it is only few mm thicker and consumers won't even notice or care.

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