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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 rumours: Screen size
We expect that the iPad 6 will have the same 9.7in display as the iPad Air, but it's possible that it will have a better resolution, and it could have a new lighter and thinner IGZO screen for higher reaction speed in addition to improved power efficiency.

iPad 6 rumours: Design
Overall, we expect the design of the next iPad to stay the same as the iPad Air, which represented the first iPad redesign since the iPad 2 arrived back in 2011. It's possible that Apple will find a way to shave a few millimetres off of the iPad 6's thickness, and in turn make it even lighter, particularly because rivals such as Samsung and Sony have recently launched tablets that are thinner and lighter than Apple's offering

It's possible that there will be a new Gold model of the iPad Air when the next generation arrives, though. The iPhone 5S is available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold, while the iPad Air is available in both Silver and Space Grey but not Gold at present.

iPad 6 rumours: Specs
It's highly likely that the iPad 6 will come with a new, faster processor. We're expecting an A8 chip in the iPad 6, the successor to the A7 chip found in the iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPhone 5S.

The iPad 6 could also come with the new, faster 802.11ac wireless standard, which the iPad Air currently lacks. We're expecting this feature in the iPhone 6, too.

iPad 6 rumours: New features
It was a bit of a surprise when the iPad Air arrived in October 2013 without a Touch ID fingerprint sensor beneath the Home button. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor debuted with the iPhone 5S in September 2013, and enables users to unlock the iPhone using their fingerprint, and also allows quick Apple ID authentication.

Reports in May suggested that every new iPhone and iPad that launches in 2014 will have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Plus, alleged iPad 6 prototypes (which you can see later in this article) show a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, adding further evidence to the theory that the technology is coming to the iPad soon.

There could also be a Smart Cover Keyboard similar to the Microsoft Surface keyboard. It's an accessory that's been talked about for while now, especially since Apple it was discovered that Apple has filed patents for such product.

iPad 6 rumours: Price
We think Apple will probably keep the price of the iPad Air the same or similar with the next generation. It currently starts at £399 for the WiFi-only models, and £499 for the WiFi plus Cellular models.

 

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