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iPad 6 release date, price, specs, new features: When is the iPad Air 2 coming out?

Ashleigh Allsopp | June 23, 2014
We round up everything there is to say about the next generation iPad, dubbed iPad Air 2 or iPad 6, including release date and new features.

iPad 6 release date rumours

The next-generation iPad is one of the most anticipated tablets of the year, so there's been lots of speculation and rumours about the new iPad (dubbed iPad Air 2 or iPad 6) throughout 2014 so far. Here, we've collected all of those rumours into one place, so you'll know everything there is to know about the 2014 iPad so far. We've got iPad 6 release date rumours, iPad 6 price rumours and speculation about new iPad 6 features. We've also got some iPad 6 pictures to show you.

We'll let you know how plausible we think each of the iPad 6 rumours are, and we'll share our opinion about what the experts here at PC Advisor are expecting from Apple's next tablet. Continue reading to find out more about the iPad 6 release date and its new features. See also: 25 best tablets of 2014

iPad 6 release date: When is the next iPad coming out?
Looking back over Apple's iPad launch history, it's quite easy to predict when the iPad 6 will come out. We have had some surprises from the company, but Apple seems to have settled in to a routine of October iPad events, so that's the most likely prediction we've heard so far.

To help you get a better idea of Apple's iPad launch history, here are the release dates of each of the iPads since the first one was unveiled in 2010.

Original iPad: March, 2010

iPad 2 : March, 2011

New iPad (iPad 3) : March, 2012

iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4) : October, 2012

iPad Air :  October, 2013

iPad mini :  October, 2012

iPad mini with Retina Display (iPad mini 2) :  October, 2013

Well-respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says that we should expect the iPad Air earlier than October, though, so it's still possible that Apple may decide to shake things up a little and release a new iPad earlier than expected.

One piece of evidence to back up the theory that new iPads could be coming sooner than October is the appearance of new iPad models in the list of hardware supported by iOS 7.1.

References to support for 'iPad 4,5' and 'iPad 4,6' were spotted in the code of the iOS update by 9To5Mac, standing out because they don't correspond with the known labels for current and previous iPads. One of these could correspond with the iPad 6, and the other with the iPad mini 3.

iPad 6 rumours at a glance

  • October release
  • 9.7in screen
  • A8 processor
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Smart Cover Keyboard accessory
  • iOS 8
  • Improved camera
  • Lightning headphones

 

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