To further support the possibility that Apple might be preparing to launch both the new iPhone and the new iPad at one singular event next Sept. 9, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently told investors that he believes the second generation iPad Air will be unveiled next week, complete with Touch ID and a gold version.
AppleInsider received a copy of the research note that Kuo wrote, which states his prediction that Apple will launch the next generation iPad Air with anti-reflective screen coating, a full-lamination touch panel, an upgraded processor chip, Touch ID, and a new gold casing.
Last year, Apple brought Touch ID and the gold model to the iPhone line. However, one month later when the iPad Air was unveiled, the tablet did not come in any new color, nor did it feature Touch ID. It seems completely plausible that Apple would finally update the iPad line to match the iPhone line.
He also noted that, “only iPad Air 2 will see significant spec upgrade,” which implies that the iPad mini may not be getting a refresh this fall. Although, he did speculate that the 7.9-inch tablet “may” get Touch ID.
Kuo’s other prediction is that, instead of holding a separate event in mid to late October, Apple will combine the two product launches next Tuesday at the Flint Center. Another plausible possibility since it is rumored that the next-generation iPad Air will only receive minor tweaks this year.
This information better coincides with Re/code’s earlier announcement that Apple is planning on unveiling the iWatch on Sept. 9. DigiTimes believes that Apple will wait until October to present the wearable computer because the iPad update isn’t big enough news. However, a triple-threat event where a new iPhone, iPad, and iWatch are all launched sounds way more exciting than spreading it out over multiple events.