Apple is reportedly starting production of the next iPad Air this month

Apple is working on the next version of its iPad Air, according to a new report from Korean news source ET News. The company will reportedly begin mass producing the display components for the next iPad Air this month, while the camera modules and processor are expected to swing into mass production in July. The next iPad Air isn’t likely to change much in terms of design, according to the report which was first spotted by 9to5Mac. The screen resolution is also expected to stay the same at 2048 x 1536. The biggest change will be the next iPad Air’s upgraded processor, which will supposedly enable faster performance and longer battery life. Sources previously told 9to5Mac that Apple’s next-gen A8 chip will be designed to extend the next iPhone’s battery life, so it will probably do the same for Apple’s upcoming iPad.

Apple is reportedly set to begin production of its next-generation iPad Air this month with display components going into mass production in the middle of this month and components such as the processor and camera sensors going into production next month. The design of the sixth-generation full sized iPad will mimic that of the current model and the display resolution will stay at 2048 x 1536, according to ETNews. The new iPad Air will sport a more advanced A8 processor, which sources previously noted focuses on efficiency and battery performance for the iPhone (likely for the iPad too): “Sources also say that Apple has developed a new A8 system-on-a-chip for the next iPhone that focuses on marginal speed improvements rather than core architectural changes, but adds significant performance and efficiency enhancements in order to improve the iPhone’s battery life. With a larger, higher-resolution display combined with the next iPhone’s far thinner body, the A8 chip will be essential to maintaining the seamless, fluid iPhone experience that Apple prides itself on.” The new rear-camera is expected to move from a 5 megapixel sensor to an 8 megapixel sensor (which would bring the tablet in line with the latest iPhones), and the front camera could make the jump from 1.2 megapixels to 1.5 megapixels.

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