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Apple will announce two iPads with 'anti-reflective' screens this year

Looks to reignite sales of its tablets with better outdoor visibility
Tue Aug 12 2014, 10:12

apple-ipad-mini-2-retinaAPPLE REPORTEDLY WILL ANNOUNCE new iPad and iPad Mini tablets this year that feature an "anti-reflective" screen coating.

That's according to a Bloomberg report that says Apple will unveil two new iPads later this year, in a bid to reignite sales of its tablet devices.

During its latest earnings call, Apple admitted that its iPad wasn't doing too well, with sales coming in at just 13.27 million for the quarter, down from 14.6 million in the previous year quarter and falling short of analyst expectations.

To fuel sales, Apple reportedly plans to address the iPad's main weakness - poor outdoor visibility. Bloomberg reports that Apple will coat both its new full-sized iPad - likely the iPad Air 2 - and iPad Mini tablet screens with an anti-reflective coating, which will make the tablets easier to view in bright sunlight.

The report's anonymous source claims that these two new iPads will arrive later this year, but no launch date has been announced yet.

While it's unclear when Apple's new tablet lineup will debut, a report last week seemingly "confirmed" that the firms' iPhone 6 smartphone(s) will launch at an event on 9 September.

Apple is expected to launch 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone 6 models, both of which are expected to sport a redesigned, curvier casing than the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 models are also tipped to have "unbreakable" sapphire screens and displays with higher 1704x920 "Retina display+" resolution.

There's also talk of a faster, likely A8 processor, a heart rate sensor like the Galaxy S5, an upgraded rear-facing camera, wireless charging support and a glowing Apple logo that will light up when a new notification is received. µ


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