Apple iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 Might Launch Earlier than Expected

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There’s a possible answer for those wondering how long it will be before Apple refreshes its full-size and mid-size tablets: they might come out less than a year after their predecessors.

Apple iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina displayThe iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display debuted last November, but their successors are going to be be out in September of this year, according to a prediction from Ming Chi Kuo from Taiwan’s KGI Securities.

An earlier release date would mean that these next-generation tablets would be available during the tail end of the back-to-school buying season… last year’s models missed this completely.

Like a number of other sources, Kuo thinks these tablets will be based on an Apple A8 processor (Learn more).

The KGI analyst also says that both the Apple iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will have Apple biometric security system, Touch ID, that debuted last year on the iPhone 5s.

For the most part, none these predictions really go out on a limb. Most Apple watchers are expecting moderatly-updated versions of this company’s tablet offerings to hit store shelves this fall.

A possible feature of the next Air and mini not brought up by the analyst is iOS 8, which could get a sneak preview at Apple’s annual developer conference in early June.

In his note to investors, Kuo made no mention of an iPad Pro, a much-rumored product that may have been cancelled before it was ever released (Learn more).

Apple’s 2014 Complete Product Roadmap?

The analyst didn’t stop with tablets. He also made predictions about all of Apple’s proct releases for the remainer of the year:

KGI Securities Predicts Apple Complete 2014 Product Roadmap

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