updated 06:08 pm EDT, Sun October 20, 2013
KGI's Kuo sees iPad mini with A7 as well
At its highly anticipated annual iPad event, Apple will unveil a thinner, lighter iPad with an A7X processor, but with no Touch ID biometric sensor, according to the latest word from well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. A recent report from Kuo, picked up by 9to5Mac, says that Apple will on Tuesday show off a full-size iPad that is 20 percent lighter and thinner than the previous generation. Kuo also believes Apple will reveal a new, more powerful iPad mini and MacBook Pro models powered by Intel's Haswell chips.
The next generation of the full-size iPad is expected to feature the design aesthetic of the iPad mini, which has a smaller bezel and more rounded form factor. The past few months have seen numerous leaks pointing to the new iPad case design, with all of them signaling that it will look like the mini.
The inclusion of an A7X processor would bring 64-bit processing power to Apple's tablet line only shortly after it appeared in the iPhone 5s. Kuo believes that Apple will make both the full-size and the mini iPads 64-bit, as the next iPad mini may sport the same A7 chip that is in the iPhone 5s.
The iPad mini may also see a bump in screen resolution to bring it on par with competitors such as the new Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HDX. Kuo sees the iPad mini getting a Retina display outputting at 2048x1536.
Kuo also sees improvements to the larger iPad's camera. The iPad would see a new 8MP rear camera with a larger aperture to make for better images. Neither iPad may be available in the popular gold colorway, as gold casing production capacity is said to have been allocated first to the iPhone 5s, the gold model of which has proved immensely popular. Tight yields of the Touch ID biometric sensor may also keep that feature from appearing on the new iPads.
With regard to the Mac line, Kuo sees Apple introducing new MacBook Pros powered by Intel's Haswell line of processors. The Haswell line already appeared in this year's MacBook Airs, giving those devices battery life in excess of 10 hours. The appearance of Haswell in Apple's higher-end portables is expected to result in a similar battery life boost.
Apple will unveil its newest products at an October 22 media event in San Francisco. MacNN will be providing live updates on Cupertino's newest releases as they are revealed.