Report: Production of Next-Generation iPad Air Set to Begin, with 8-Megapixel Camera, A8 Chip

While we've had a lot of iPhone 6 rumors, not much has been said about forthcoming iPads. Likely that's because the new models coming this year will have the same design, but with some feature upgrades. According to a report on 9To5Mac, production of components for the next iPad Air is set to begin this month. The new model is expected to have an 8-megapixel, up from 5 megapixels, and could possibly sport a 1.5-megapixel front camera, compared to the current 1.2 megapixels. It's also expected to come with the new A8 processor, which is said to greatly enhance performance and efficiency, thereby extending battery life. Which is remarkable, given that the current A7 is already miles ahead of other smartphones and tablets.

Also, most people anticipate that the forthcoming iPads will have Touch ID, which is a popular feature of the iPhone 5s. This seems even more likely now that Touch ID is available to third-party apps.

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The report says that these same features will likely be on the next iPad mini. Earlier there were rumors that Apple wouldn't come out with a new version of the mini until next year. But 9To5Mac says we'll see it this year.

9To5Mac says Apple is also working on a new larger iPad Pro but that it's not clear when we'll see the device. It will reportedly include split-screen multitasking. Interestingly, there had been rumors that iOS 8 would allow split-screen multitasking on the iPad, but nothing was mentioned in Apple's keynote at WWDC. However, not only have developers found code for this split-screen capability in iOS 8, one developer has even figured out a way to invoke it. 

The video below shows the split-screen feature in the iOS 8 simulator. 


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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.