As we push deeper into the year, we’re starting to hear more and more about what Apple has in store for consumers this fall. Rumors have consistently pointed to a stacked fall lineup that includes the company’s heralded iWatch, a new MacBook Air with Retina Display, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and two new iPhone models that are being called iPhone 6. These in addition to iOS 8 which were both announced Mac OS X Yosemite at the company’s annual WWDC conference in San Francisco.
Over the past few weeks, details regarding all of these rumors products have begun to firm up and we’re starting to get a more detailed glimpse at a pipeline that Apple executive Eddy Cue says is the most exciting in his 25 years at the company. Lately, the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 have been the target of Apple rumors and over the weekend, a new leak shows what could be all three rumored devices sitting next to each other.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen supposed iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 models leak, offering a glimpse at what could be the brand new versions of Apple’s iPhone and large screen iPad. This new leak from Apple.club.tw shows the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 models that we’ve seen before but it shows them next to a supposed iPad mini 3 model.
The photo doesn’t reveal too much about the iPad mini 3 other than that its design could be similar to last year’s and that it could have Touch ID fingerprint technology, a detail that has popped up in rumors several times this year.
We also get a glimpse at the potential size differences between the three devices. While the iPhone 6 will supposedly increase in size, it’s not expected to be anywhere near the size of the 7.9-inch iPad mini, something that we see depicted here. The supposed iPad mini 3 shown here is also smaller than its larger counterpart, something that doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Apple’s iPhone 6 will apparently come in two different sizes, 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, and it will supposedly arrive as early as September. While release rumors have consistently pointed to staggered release dates for the two, there is a chance that Apple will launch them together at the same time.
The devices are both expected to feature a significant redesign that feature metal and a slim form factor, improved screen resolution, a camera that features image stabilization technology, an A8 processor that provides better performance, and two different price points with rumors pointing to $199.99 for the 4.7-icnh model and $299 for the 5.5-inch model.
It’s still not clear where Apple’s current iPhones, the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 4s will fit in here. Apple typically keeps three iPhones on sale but with a new price point seemingly on the way, we could see Apple offer four iPhones to consumers.
iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3
The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are, unlike the iPhone 6, expected to be incremental upgrades from their predecessors. Rumors suggest that the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will keep displays and designs similar to the original iPad Air and last year’s iPad mini with Retina Display.
iPad Air 2 model photos show us that the new tablet will likely come with Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, as well as a redesigned speaker grille and recessed volume buttons. Touch ID is currently found on the iPhone 5s but rumors have continued to suggest that the iPad Air 2 will, like the iPad mini 3, possess the new technology inside of its home button. In fact, Apple’s own iOS 7.1 code hints at the arrival of Touch ID for the iPad.
Rumors suggest that the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will both get camera upgrades up to 8MP and processor upgrades to the new A8 chip with 64-bit processing power. Both will presumably get Apple’s iOS 8 software which will be released to the public this fall.