We already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Apple’s next generation of iPads. But in addition to a retina display for the iPad mini 2 and a complete redesign for the iPad 5, a new report on Wednesday suggests that both tablets will feature 8-megapixels cameras with larger apertures than the current models.
This information is tipped by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who was right about many recent predictions for the iPhone 5s. “We expect the [iPad] upgrade will include 8MP rear camera, up from 5MP, and larger aperture. Lens module ASP will rise 10-20% on this optics spec upgrade,” Kuo wrote.
Currently, the iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad both feature 5-megapixel cameras. Upgrading the megapixel count and aperture would allow the camera to take sharper images and work better in low lighting. This is a sensible upgrade for Apple to make, and one that KGI believes will help give it an edge in an increasingly competitive tablet market. That said, I’m still not sure if tablet photography will ever truly catch on.
Apple is expected to announce the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2 before the end of the year, though another recent report suggests the iPad mini 2 might be delayed or ship with a severely constrained supply.