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Bloomberg: iPad Air, iPad Mini Are in Production

ipad air 2 dummy 5The launch date for the next iPad is still the stuff of rumors but one source says that the new hardware is already making its way down the assembly line.

Bloomberg reported this morning that we’re going to  see a couple new iPads this fall:

Apple’s suppliers have started manufacturing new iPads, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as the company works to reinvigorate sales of the tablet computers after two straight quarters of declines.

Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the end of this quarter or early next, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. A new version of the 7.9-inch iPad mini is also entering production and will probably be available by the end of the year, they said.

With most pundits believing that the new iPhone will launch in early September, the new iPad will most likely launch in early October. That is pure speculation, but one thing I can say is that there have been enough leaked components that we know that the new iPad Air will be thinner and look subtly different.

Unfortunately, I can’t make similar claims about the iPad Mini. I know that Bloomberg says that it is in production, but due to the lack of leaks I am not so sure. There simply isn’t enough evidence to convince me that we’re going to see a new iPad Mini this year.

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Juli Monroe August 12, 2014 um 2:28 pm

I read that Apple may be adding an anti-reflective screen. Do you know much about that technology? Would it make a significant impact on outdoor readability? That could convince me to buy a new iPad sooner rather than later.

Nate Hoffelder August 12, 2014 um 3:17 pm

I too saw that rumor. It could be true and it would be a good idea, but I’m waiting for proof before i take it seriously.

Anti-reflective coatings are available as after-market add-ons in most electronics stores, which might argue against Apple making it a standard feature. But it could still happen.

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