Next-Gen iPad Air to Come with Gold Colour Option: Bloomberg

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Do you love gold? According to Bloomberg, sources say the next generation iPad Air will come with a gold colour option:

New versions of the company’s 9.7-inch iPads, anticipated to be unveiled this month, will include gold as a choice of color for the rear metal cover, adding to the silver and gray available for the lighter iPad Air, the people said, asking not to be identified ahead of an announcement. That brings the color palette into line with the iPhone 5s, which come with silver or gold backs for models with a white faceplate, and space gray for those with a black front.

The move to introduce gold, according to unnamed sources, is said to be part of an effort by Apple to boost declining tablet sales. Also, a larger 12.9-inch iPad is rumoured to debut in 2015, say sources.

Apple sold 13.2 million iPads in its 2014 third quarter, a decline of 9 percent compared to the year ago quarter. CEO Tim Cook said at the time “This isn’t something that worries us,” and emphasized iPad revenue growth exceeded 40 percent in growing markets such as China and the Middle East.

I’m surprised a gold iPad hasn’t debuted yet. Last year’s rumour of possible gold iPads coming was dismissed at the last minute by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple is rumoured to announce new iPads at an event suspected to take place next month.

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  • OliChabot

    Sounds logical, the iPad Air won’t get a big refresh, other than the classic lighter, faster, more power efficient. A new color seems like a nice adding, like the iPhone 5S.

  • Processor upgrade, Touch ID, better cameras? Wonder if the 32GB option will disappear like it did on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

  • OliChabot

    Wouldn’t be such a surprise though they should just skip the 16GB and go straight to 32GB since the iPad holds more stuff and is more professional. It’s like if they would keep the Macbook Air with a 56GB flash drive and no 128GB… crazy.

  • Crap hardware…

  • Al

    Keep in mind that a notable market for iPad is purpose-specific applications, such as portfolios for artists and other professionals, product info display centres, industry-specific technical resources, etc. Such one-purpose end uses typically don’t need more than a handfull of Gig’s. So Apple, recognizing that, may keep a low GB model.

  • Al

    ? More detailed touch surface for drawing (what I mean is the ability to draw at a pinpoint location). The iPad currently sucks big time at this. So frustrating.

  • Stylus (Jobs would not approve)?

  • Zachelor

    Gold could be good, but not all of them. I hope Apple can add the 5S gold design t the iPad Air. The iPhone 6’s gold is a no no.

  • Salinger

    Seems right. Why should only iPhones have a gaudy option. 😉

  • Al

    Oh, now you got me thinking…
    What if iOS had the optional capability to allow for the active area (the area where you touch) to be a pin-point spot an inch from the finger tip (the exact location would be predefined in options), and you could touch and move to get to the exact spot you want to start drawing, and then you tap briefly with your other finger to active the pen? Essentially a mouse pointer. hmmmm…..

  • K3

    bah- hippie artists..wood & graphite that’s all they’re allowed from the company. ????

  • K3

    The 12″ might be more in line for art application as it is a good dimension for illustration & digital painting.
    Creative Stylus 2 will give you a good amount of pressure range for detail around that of actual pen and paper.

  • Al

    Art is one use of needing to draw accurately on the tablet, but not the only one.

  • K3

    Not sure what you are mean can you eloborate?

  • Al

    Drawing with accuracy is a necessity of various types of apps unrelated to art, and these apps tend to work well with the existing iPad size. Such apps could include, floor plans, editing music notation, marking up images (adding arrows, circles, etc. at very specific areas), etc.

  • K3

    “and these apps tend to work well with existing iPad size”

    Yeah you’re right that would be because a developer developed them to work well with current hardware specs. ????

    ” Such apps could include, floor plans, editing music notation, marking up images (adding arrows, circles, etc. at very specific areas), etc.”????

    back a step:
    “Art is one use of needing to draw accurately on the tablet, but not the only one.”
    ????????????????????????????

    So what you’re saying is art is not the only medium for fine line detail and you’re using clip art and quick annotations as your reasoning.
    Obviously you’re not a digital artist.

    Maybe try not having your opinion involved on every single thing here it’s beginning to wear thin in a pompous/ grandiose kind of way.

    Now as my original post read:

    The 12″ might be more in line for art application as it is a good dimension for illustration & digital painting…..

    This could also be a good motive to why Wacom developed both Android & Windows portable displays but never made mention of Apple.

    The new bigger size could have some upcoming connectivity with the Creative 2
    but that ram should need a boost to get a little more in line with desktop graphic program offerings.
    Fingers crossed ????

  • Gerry

    Will it bend, too? 😛

  • Al

    What sort of drugs are you on?

    I was simply making an observation. Meanwhile, you were hung up in trying to change the intent of my meaning PURELY to generate an argument. One you failed at exceptionally.

    Get a life crack head.

  • Be nice

  • Al

    Hey, I thought I was having a decent conversation, and then the guy basically lays out his plan for trying to set me up. Although I don’t think he understands the topic, because he made no sense.

  • I know crack is whack, but let’s not call people crack head so easily