Gold iPad Air 2 inbound?

Gold iPad Air 2 inbound?Gold iPhones have been around for a while now, but to date we’ve yet to see a gold iPad. Not that it hasn’t been considered; we were told a year ago that the colour simply didn’t work on larger iDevices.

But Apple has seemingly u-turned (much like it u-turned on phablets and ‘tweener tablets), with a gold iPad now tipped to touch down when the new generation is unveiled in October.

That’s the story over on Bloomberg, with credit going to anonymous “people familiar with the matter”.

According to those people, Apple hopes the gold iPad will help address declining shipments. To be honest, it’s going to take a lot more than a friggin’ colour to change things on such a massive scale.

Interestingly, there’s no mention of the iPad mini 3 here. It’s the 9.7in iPad (Air 2?) that’s expected in gold, bringing the larger guy in line with the iPhone 5s.

Not a great deal has been said - even in an unofficial rumour capacity - about the iPad Air 2, but it’ll likely be thinner and lighter than the current model, perhaps with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, while split-screen multitasking would go down a delicious treat.

Apple hasn’t said anything official about a launch party just yet, but we can probably expect around 10 days’ notice for the mid- to late-October event. Over to you, Tim.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 1, 2014 at 16:54

The iPad Air is a very satisfying beast. I don't know how they want to make a new one a must-have upgrade? Are people so impressed by TouchID? Is anyone interested in a better camera on a big tab?

TJ Skywasher  Oct. 2, 2014 at 13:44

The iPad Air is a very satisfying beast. I don't know how they want to make a new one a must-have upgrade? Are people so impressed by TouchID? Is anyone interested in a better camera on a big tab?

Yes, there seems to be a lot of people who've put off buying an iPad Air simply because it doesn't have Touch ID. Bit silly really, Touch ID is great but I wouldn't say it's a make or break feature when it comes to upgrading your iPad. I would imagine it would be much more useful on the iPhone as you always have it with you, more portable, etc. Not sure how Touch ID would enhance your iPad experience to some degree, certainly not enough to warrant holding off upgrading to an iPad Air.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 2, 2014 at 14:11

Agree.
On an iPhone it's quite natural to put your thumb on the home button/TouchID key... On an iPad?
Not so.
On the other hand: yep - iPads are used by sales reps etc... TouchID might make sense.
But a must-have feature?

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