August 12, 2014
Apple's next-generation tablets have entered mass production. That's according to Bloomberg, which, citing "people with knowledge of the matter" as its source, reports that Apple's suppliers have started manufacturing the so-called "iPad Air 2" and "Retina iPad mini 2" for their projected launches before the end of the year:
Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the end of this quarter or early next, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. A new version of the 7.9-inch iPad mini is also entering production and will probably be available by the end of the year, they said.The larger iPad model is said to feature a new anti-reflection coating designed to make the device's display easier to see and read. This new addition, however, may cause manufacturing complications. Both the iPad Air 2 and the Retina iPad mini 2 are rumored to come equipped with Touch ID and Apple's new "A8" processor, among other improvements. Aside from the new tablets, Apple's next-generation product lineup is expected to include the so-called "iPhone 6," which is said to come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions, and the elusive "iWatch," which is said to be a sort of health-focused smart watch. Apple is anticipated to hold a special event on Sept. 9 to unveil at least its latest smartphone models. See also: Op-Ed: 3 ways to jumpstart Apple iPad sales.