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.