Updated iPad Air Coming But No 12.9-inch iPad Or New iPad Mini This Year

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | February 18, 2014 12:25 AM EST

Apple is not ready to launch another 12.9-inch iPad or new iPad Mini until 2015. But the Cupertino tech giant is expected to unveil an updated iPad Air in fall, according to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

Kuo reported Apple moves its resources from the iPad Mini to an anticipated 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2015. Also, he claimed the new iPad Air is not going to surprise us as it might come with an improved Apple A8 processor, which is the same chip in the next iPhone. The new iPad Air is also rumored to support the touch ID, which is launched in the past year with iPhone 5s.

Apple also has no plans of updating its iPad Mini this year as Kuo said via MacRumors, "Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in fourth quarter in 2013, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9" iPad. As such, more resources will be allocated to these two products, which will affect the progress of the development of new iPad mini. All told, we think chances of the debut of a new iPad mini in 2H14 are slim. Also, the 12.9-inch iPad is unlikely to be offered in 2014. For these reasons, we predict the only new iPad product in 2H14 will be the upgraded iPad Air."

Kuo cited although the 12.9-inch would allow opportunity for developers to create more productive iPad apps, Apple's software efforts circles around creating a smartwatch in time for late 2014. As anticipated, the production of the iPad 2 will come to halt and the mass production of the iPad 4 will pick up on the first quarter of 2014.

The analysis was pretty unexpected as Apple was not likely to steer clear from its efforts in creating a larger iPad for its market.

There were lots of discussions concerning the potential use of larger iPad. But productivity of working from an iPad is geared toward immersive single-app display. 

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A woman looks at the screen of her mobile phone in front of an Apple logo outside its store in downtown Shanghai September 10, 2013.
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