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

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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13 Comments

1. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

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

5. Sauce unregistered

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

13. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

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

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 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!

4. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

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

6. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

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

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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).

11. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 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

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

7. bunnystar

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 09, 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...

8. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

9. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

12. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 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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