There are new rumors and leaks about the new iPhone 6 and iWatch everyday, but those not the ony devices that plans to release an upgrade for?. On the horizon looms the second generation iPad Air. Unlike the iPhone 6, the new tablet is more likely to be a game changer, says Seeking Alpha analyst Jimmy Manesse.
In the first quarter of 2014, the iPad sales figure was 16.4 million units, which is 16% lower than a year earlier. Win iOS, according to Strategy Analytics, for the year, it decreased from 40.3% to 28.4%. The head of the company, Tim Cook admitted that iPad sales came in below analysts’ forecasts. To break this trend, Apple is preparing a major update to its line of tablets.
In addition to the built-in Touch ID fingerprint scanner, the iPad Air 2 will be equipped with 64-bit A8 processor, a microchip used in three-dimensional transistors to provide faster performance by 35% while maintaining the same power consumption; or saving performance at the same level while reducing energy consumption by 55%. This significantly will increase the possibility of the graphics subsystem.
The new iPad Air will be one of the first tablet with support for 4K, analysts say. This will be an opportunity to bring pictures to external monitors with ultra-high resolution, which is a great addition to the high performance device.
Equally important for the new iPad and support for Metal graphics technology, represented Apple at WWDC in early June. Due to the possibility of direct interaction with the hardware, bypassing the standard graphics API OpenGL ES technology allows you to create 3D-game console level. And the first devices that will benefit from this feature will be the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 argue in Seeking Alpha. Using Metal allows up to 10-fold increase in the rate of drawing graphics.
Among other things, iPad Air 2 will be thinner and lighter as usual. This can be achieved by using the built-in front panel display and mix the liquid crystal panel with protective glass. The presentation of the new iPad Air is tentatively scheduled for October