This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Apple(s appl) is planning to release updated iPads this fall. A Bloomberg report that cites people with “knowledge of the matter” says that mass production has started for the successor to the iPad Air, and a new version of the iPad Mini is entering production as well.
The newest iPads are expected to come with faster processors, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner from the iPhone 5S, and Apple’s latest version of iOS. But Bloomberg points to these iPads having another, unexpected feature: a “new anti-reflection coating” that makes the iPad display easier to read in sunlight. These coatings are reportedly causing manufacturing complications.
The iPad is Apple’s second-biggest product category after the iPhone, but has had a few recent setbacks: Sales of Apple’s tablet simply aren’t growing at the rate expected a few years ago. Some quarters, iPad sales have actually shrunk. A product refresh could help alter that trend, and a screen that’s more readable in daylight would be a differentiating feature that hadn’t debuted on the iPhone first.
The new iPhone is expected to come in two sizes, a 4.7-inch model and a new, more tablet-like 5.5-inch model. Apple appears to be planning an event on September 9, although whether the new iPads or bigger iPhone will be announced then remains to be seen. In addition, there’s also the question of where and when Apple’s long-rumored wrist computer will be unveiled. CEO Tim Cook keeps referring to the company’s fall product pipeline as the best he’s ever seen, and it’s shaping up to be a busy fall for the giant from Cupertino.