New Apple iPad Air and mini enter production with new anti-reflective screens

Apple has begun production of the new iPad Air and iPad mini tablets, which feature a new anti-reflective coating on the screen and will arrive in shops before the end of the year.

According to Bloomberg sources familiar with Apple’s suppliers and production chains, the 9.7-inch iPad Air will be announced either at the end of this quarter, or the start of the next - this means in either September or October, not long after the iPhone 6, which is expected in early September.

Meanwhile, the smaller 7.9-inch iPad mini will arrive later in the year, the sources claim.

But the new iPads could be delayed, due to a new feature of their screens made to help combat glare and make them easier to see in bright sunlight. Citing its sources, Bloomberg reports: “Output of the larger iPad may be restricted by manufacturing complications related to the use of a new anti-reflection coating, which Apple plans to add to the device to make the display easier to read.”

This would be a welcome addition to the glass-screened iPads which, like all other tablets and smartphones, are difficult to see clearly when used outside.

It looks like a busy couple of quarters coming up for Apple, which is expected to reveal the new, larger iPhone 6 at a media event in early September - possibly the ninth, if current rumours are accurate - followed by a second, even bigger version later in the year.

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These will be joined by the public release of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, plus the possibility of a wearable fitness tracker dubbed the iWatch, although this may now have been delayed to early 2015.

Source: Bloomberg

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