The rumor mills are doing a good job this spring of persuading me to push back my iPad upgrade to later in the year. Especially when they are informed by analysts whose insider sources have a good
track record of accurate predictions.
Such is the case with KGI securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, cited by MacRumors
and others last week saying in a note to investors that Apple will introduce upgraded iPad Air and iPad mini models in 2014/Q3, meaning the release time could theoretically be as early as July or
as late as the end of September. “We think the upgraded iPad Air will be launched earlier in 2014 than the iPad Air was [October 22] in 2013,” Mr. Kuo wrote, backpedaling on an earlier projection
that the iPad mini 3 upgrade would skip 2014 in order for Apple to focus on the reinvigorated 9.7-inch iPad. “We previously thought Apple would not release a new version of the iPad mini this year,
but we now think Apple will launch an upgraded version with same form factor,” MacRumors reports Mr. Kuo affirming.
Kuo now suggests the mini 3 will get some crucial design corrections (unspecified) addressing reasons the Retina iPad mini 2 has “proved unpopular among consumers,” but maintains that the biggest
iPad changes coming this year will include Touch ID, an A8 processor, and an improved camera with a resolution of eight megapixels for the iPad Air 2, and an A8 processor and Touch ID, (what, no
camera upgrade?) but the same form factor for the mini. The late 2013 second-generation iPad mini with Retina display will possibly replace the A5 powered original non-Retina mini as the
entry-level small iPad. Mr. Kuo also believes Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad, but doesn’t expect it to launch until…