Next Apple iPad to have A8, TouchID claims KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo
One of the ‘well-connected’ Apple analysts – KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo – is busy talking about Apple’s next iPad(s) to be released in 2014 rather than concentrating on iPhone 6 and according to Kuo Apple’s 2014 iPad(s) will have Cupertino’s latest A8 SoC and TouchID.
Kuo’s words are like any other analysts’ as they are based on what they hear from their well-placed sources within Apple and its supply chain; however, KGI’s analyst was spot on when it comes to TouchID on iPhone 5S’ home button and use of Sapphire glass.
Kuo claims that this time around Apple will be releasing its iPad Air 2 a little early – sometime in the third quarter. The analyst is also placing the chips on TSMC produced A8 processor, Touch ID and a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera.
Further, Apple will also be giving a refresh to its Apple iPad mini with Retina to include an A8 CPU and Touch ID.
Kuo claims that the primary reason why Apple iPad Mini with Retina failed was the thicker form factor to make room for a higher-resolution display.
“This change proved unpopular among consumers,” he wrote in a research note which was obtained by Apple Insider.
“We think iPad mini with Retina display made the same mistake, explaining why it’s not selling as well as the previous generation of iPad mini.”
There were reports earlier that Apple was working on releasing a 12.9-inch tablet that will cater to businesses as well as those in the entertainment industry; however, Kuo isn’t placing any bets on the release of such a tablet until next year.