iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 to feature 8MP cameras
As the expected launch event for Apple’s next iPad release draws near, we take a look at some of the more juicy rumours
A month after launching the new iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple is also expected to shortly announce a fifth generation iPad and an iPad ‘mini 2’ with both models featuring iPhone-quality 8 megapixel cameras with Sony to supply the sensors.
According to the often reliable KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will upgrade the camera in the iPad 5 and new iPad mini to 8 megapixels with a larger aperture, up from the current 5MP iSight camera, the Guardian reports.
The new iPhone 5S uses an Apple-designed 8MP camera with a larger, F2.2 aperture, so it’s conceivable that Apple could use the same part in the new iPads.
AppleInsider has also learned that Apple’s iPad and iPad mini will both sport 8MP rear cameras with new lens elements from Genius and Largan, and the sensor modules will be provided solely by Sony.
Following the pattern of previous years, Apple is expected to launch its fifth generation iPad in mid-October.
The new device is likely to feature a redesigned chassis, taking cues from the iPad mini in the form of a smaller bezel, and from the iPhone 5 in the form of an anodised aluminium back.
Internally, the normal upgrades are likely: a faster processor, with more RAM. There is a possibility that the TouchID sensor seen in the recent iPhone 5S will also make its way into the new tablet, says the Guardian.
The boosted specs will be a first for Apple, which traditionally fields tablets with cameras comparatively lower in resolution than the flagship iPhone, AppleInsider claims.
A new iPad mini is also expected at the event, but with few drastic changes. The big question for that device is whether or not it will have a retina display. On that, the rumour mill is split.
As for the date, the Guardian figures Apple events are usually on Tuesdays. Last year’s was on the 23rd, leaving 15 October and 22 October the most likely candidates this year.