News by Luke Jones on Tuesday September 23, 2014.
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The last couple of weeks have been dominated by Apple and the iPhone 6, with even devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 taking a back seat. If you thought the Cupertino hype machine would die down now and let others take the spotlight you should think again. Apple of course has another all-conquering product in its arsenal and a new one is due to land in October, so let it all start again.Yes, I am of course talking about the iPad range of tablets, the most popular slates on the market. According to the Commercial Times, Apple will roll out its new batch of iPads at a special press event on October 21st, so the rumours will now probably go into overdrive until the devices are launched. So, without further ado, we will get the ball rolling. It is still unclear what iPads will be launched during the event, but it is almost certain that a new iPad Air will be rolled out. Rumors surrounding a new iPad Mini have been thin on the ground, so could Apple be willing to not update its mini slate? That seems unlikely, so expect to start hearing about the Mini in due course. There is also the small matter of an iPad Pro, a 12 or 13-inch version that has long been rumoured and seems more likely post Apple's partnership with IBM. The problem Apple faces through each iPad iteration is that it is hard to differentiate the device. The original iPad is in many ways still the tablet form as it should be and everything that has followed it has merely been an improvement of the original idea, even the design. The result has been declining iPad sales (the only loss making core business in Cupertino's recent financials) as more competition floods the market. This year Apple is reportedly adding the Touch ID fingerprint sensor found on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. It will also get the A8 processor currently found in the new iPhones and reports suggest the iPad Air 2 will be even lighter and thinner than the first model. Whether that will be enough to boost sales remains to be seen, but the iPad is still the premier tablet in the market so Apple will be looking to drive home that point at next month?s launch. source: CTEE
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