New iPads are expected to ship later this year

There have been quite a few rumors regarding Apple products, such as reports of a new iPad Air, as well as claims saying that the iPhone 6 will have features similar to the first generation iPhone. Of course, the Apple rumor mill is at it again, with another report that suggests a brand new 9.7-inch iPad and 7.9-inch iPad Mini will be coming out later this year.

Bloomberg claims that new iPads are currently being manufactured, according to two unnamed sources that are familiar with Apple's supply chain. A new 9.7-inch iPad, which is thought to be a follow-up to the iPad Air, is expected to be released later this quarter, or early on in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year. However, the initial stock could be constrained due to manufacturer issues regarding the application of an anti-reflective coating for the device's display. The tablets have only had finger-print resistant (oleophobic) coating, making this a first for the iPad product line.

Information regarding the new 7.9-inch iPad Mini is scarce; their sources only mentions that the device has entered the early stages of the manufacturing process, with an expected arrival date at the end of this year. Despite the small amount of information, it will be interesting to see the new iPads, which are rumored to have TouchID sensors, once they're finally released or if Apple will push this feature back for a later release.

Source: Bloomberg 

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Motorola's Moto G2 rumoured to go on sale starting September 10

Next Story

Microsoft is slowly making Skype better by making it free(er)

48 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

I can't wait for Brockman Davis to report that Christmas will also be occurring sometime in late December.

Who decided to publish this nonsense? Does it really generate that much traffic that you need to do this?

"However, the initial stock could be constrained due to manufacturer issues regarding the application of an anti-reflective coating for the device's display. "

And so Apple starts spinning low sales even before the product gets announced. Another case of masterful press manipulation and marketing. Anti reflective coating really is nothing new or special, just ask Nokia/Microsoft who have been using this technology for many years and with great success. Apple has not had any new ideas and has just been slightly improving the same product for about three years now. It's still an iPod with a larger screen really, much like the iPhone is an iPod which can make calls.

paulheu said,
It's still an iPod with a larger screen really, much like the iPhone is an iPod which can make calls.

you need to work on your material...

I believe Paul is confusing this article for a Surface article. Apple does not need to manipulate anything. The iPads will outsell the Surface 3 that's been out for a few months, in a few days. Only mark-downs and low sales happen in Redmond.

Steve121178 said,
Every company in the world would kill for Apple's portfolio of products and commercial success. There is no other company like it.

I understand 'commercial' as Marketing success! And I have always said that's Apples main aim! They have always copied, or sold same hardware with higher prices which means Marketing success! But thats about it as a Tech company. Of course in this Capitalistic world it matters!

Everything I have read suggests the new iPad will be a minimal upgrade over the iPad Air. Although, at this point, without jacking the cost up too much what can they really do to the iPad?

Wow that was such a non-forward thinking statement I just made.

I read this article on my brand new Surface Pro 3 and had a good laugh. Seems the only thing that's changing is the case. That'll really have them fly off the shelf.

Major_Plonquer said,
I read this article on my brand new Surface Pro 3 and had a good laugh. Seems the only thing that's changing is the case. That'll really have them fly off the shelf.

Wrong demographic but I hope you enjoy your Surface Pro ^^

Major_Plonquer said,
I read this article on my brand new Surface Pro 3 and had a good laugh. Seems the only thing that's changing is the case. That'll really have them fly off the shelf.
The worrying bit here that they probably will. Nothing much (except for the new skinning) has really changed between the iPad2/iPhone 4 and the 'latest and greatest' .. If anything Apple are masters at selling the same product again and again as if it's the next best thing. Until they don't and with iOS being their only product really they'll be in a world of hurt when that time comes.

paulheu said,
The worrying bit here that they probably will. Nothing much (except for the new skinning) has really changed between the iPad2/iPhone 4 and the 'latest and greatest' .. If anything Apple are masters at selling the same product again and again as if it's the next best thing. Until they don't and with iOS being their only product really they'll be in a world of hurt when that time comes.
How many times have we heard this story before. Regardless of what you think Apple is doing, consumers seem to be sticking around and purchasing their devices.

i dont understand your comment? do you expect companies to do something amazing every year?? When the iPad Air came out, where you laughing about it on your surfaceRT?? Took MS three try's to get the Surface right.

The_Observer said,
i dont understand your comment? do you expect companies to do something amazing every year?? When the iPad Air came out, where you laughing about it on your surfaceRT?? Took MS three try's to get the Surface right.
Excellent question and one that is often asked to these guys. Its as if they expect companies to make radical changes every single year.

JHBrown said,
Excellent question and one that is often asked to these guys. Its as if they expect companies to make radical changes every single year.

It's the only tactic left for these people in their attempts to denigrate Apple's success. They create an artificially and unattainably high standard which only Apple must adhere too; they must release hit after hit per year or else it's a failure. Remember, the iPad is only fours years old, what innovative product did Microsoft release in that time, fanboy? Windows 8?

Gods and Kings said,

It's the only tactic left for these people in their attempts to denigrate Apple's success. They create an artificially and unattainably high standard which only Apple must adhere too; they must release hit after hit per year or else it's a failure. Remember, the iPad is only fours years old, what innovative product did Microsoft release in that time, fanboy? Windows 8?

Ouch! What a stinger.

Hopefully sooner than later...considering TC said there would be releases throughout this year and due to one issue or another (not his fault, but nonetheless), most of the notable releases seem to have been pushed back to 2H~4Q of the year.

I'm starting to miss having an iPad now.

Sgt Beavis said,
I've got an iPad Air but my wife is very happy with her iPad 2. I offered to get her an Air or Mini but she passed.
I guess some women just don't care. My wife has the original iPad Mini, she refused my offer to get her the latest and greatest.

mjedi7 said,
My iPad 2 is still working as new. Maybe next year will upgrade.

iPad mini retina(first ios device), rather love it. Never slows down or lags. My nexus 5 tho...needs a reboot every few days lol.

JHBrown said,
I guess some women just don't care. My wife has the original iPad Mini, she refused my offer to get her the latest and greatest.

Well to me either, previous Tablets pretty much do the same over and over, after all they are 'Consumer' and not 'Productive' devices, you know; surf, play, games, etc. I just installed Google Earth on my daughter's 2 year old Galaxy Tab and it runs exactly as in my laptop, I mean, for what it renders usuable the download speed matters more than the GPU really. So I would say why buy a new toy that does the same?

JHBrown said,
I guess some women just don't care. My wife has the original iPad Mini, she refused my offer to get her the latest and greatest.

I don't think that just applies to the ladies. The fact is that her iPad 2 still has quite acceptable performance.

She was thinking up upgrading earlier, because our 2 year old son always wants to play his games on her iPad but I recently got a free HP Slate 7 Beats Edition and gave it to him.... However I think he believes I"m punishing him for doing that.. (^_^)

We need the ability on a per account basis to block stories from specific authors appearing on the front page. Mr Davis would be the first on the list for this one.

jasondefaoite said,
We need the ability on a per account basis to block stories from specific authors appearing on the front page. Mr Davis would be the first on the list for this one.

People said the same thing about Mr. John Callaham too.

deadonthefloor said,
Also expected this year: precipitation.

Not in The Atacama Desert Chile there won`t be, allthough i doubt the`ll be many ipads there either :p

Captain obvious news.

More interested in 5.5" iPhone 6. I can finally switch back from Android.

But this 2014 iPad better have 2 GB RAM.

Edited by d5aqoëp, Aug 12 2014, 8:36am :

Syrah said,
it would be news if there was a year that *didn't* see the release of new iPads.

This, and other news, brought to you by Captain Obvious. PS: He says thanks for the clicks.