With so much focus on the iPhone 6, we haven’t said a great deal about the equally inevitable iPad Air (left) and iPad mini successors.
We’re righting that particular wrong right here, with the key takeaway being that the iPad Air 2 (or whatever we’re calling it) is already in production, and might well be hot on the heels of the iPhone 6.
Credit goes to Bloomberg, which in turn credits anonymous “people with knowledge of the matter”.
Supposedly, production of the iPad Air 2 is “already under way”, with the launch tipped for the end of September/beginning of October. The latter would certainly fit with Apple’s recent iPad antics.
Amusingly, we’re told that output of the iPad Air 2 “may be restricted by manufacturing complications”, which is par for the course with any new Apple product. The iPad mini Retina’s display supposedly proved problematic last year; the iPhone 6 is struggling with its sapphire crystal display; the iWatch is a tiny wee pain in the bum… You know how it goes.
In particular, we should blame “the use of a new anti-reflection coating” for low supplies of the iPad Air 2, with the subsequent riots and the killing. ETA: October.
There’s also cursory mention of a new iPad mini, with an incredibly vague promise that it’ll “probably be available by the end of the year”.
And for what it’s worth, Bloomberg’s sources concur with the notion of two iPhone 6 models, 4.7in and 5.5in, possibly launching on September 9.