2014 iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina to Get Touch ID, A8 Processor, and an 8MP Camera
iPad Mini and iPad touch ID:
The latest rumors shed some light on the features of iPad models coming this year. While not many new features should be expected this year from Apple's tablets according to this report, the speculation suggest that Apple will introduce Touch ID feature in iPad models launched in 2014.
Ming-Chi Kuo, Analyst at KGI Securities, reports that Apple is aiming for including iPad Touch ID in the features' list of both the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina. Kuo also tells us to not expect any big changes in the design of iPad Air or the Retina Mini. However, the only new features will be the Touch ID and Apple upgrading iPad processors (currently an A7) to an A8 chip. The report also indicates that the iPad models launched in 2014 will see a better camera hitting at 8 megapixels.
We think the upgraded iPad Air will be launched earlier in 2014 than the iPad Air was in 2013. The biggest changes will be A8 processor, Touch ID (fingerprint recognition), and main camera resolution of 8MP.
We previously thought Apple would not release a new version of the iPad mini this year, but we now think Apple will launch an upgraded version with same form factor, A8 processor and Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) to boost shipments of iPad mini with Retina display.
KGI analyst expects an earlier launch of iPad this year. Apple first introduced the Touch ID feature with its current flagship iPhone 5s. While the fingerprint sensor found in iPhone 5s has been facing various issues, it is expected Apple will ship the iPhone and iPad - if the latest rumors are to be believed - with better Touch ID support this year.
- iPad Touch ID features Source: AppleSpot
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