Apple rumoured to be unveiling new iPads on Thursday


Updates to iPad Air and iPad Mini tablets from last year expected, while manufacturer could also take wraps off a new 12.9-inch model 

Apple is rumoured to be unveiling new iPad Air and iPad Mini models at an event it is hosting at its headquarters in Cupertino, California on Thursday.

An invite sent out press and analysts details the date and location of the event, with the message: “It’s been way too long.”

Several reports have suggested the manufacturer will upgrade the models with various hardware and software enhancements, including making them thinner, but maintain the same respective screen sizes of 9.7-inches and 7.9-inches.

The larger model could either be called the iPad Air 2 or iPad 6, as this would be the sixth generation of the iPad since its launch in April 2010.

It will reportedly feature a Retina HD, Apple’s new A8 processor, iOS 8 and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, all of which feature on the recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It could also feature 2GB of RAM as opposed to 1GB from the previous model.

The smaller model could be named the iPad Mini 3 as it would be the third generation of the variant since its first release in October 2012.

This will also reportedly be powered by Apple’s new A8 processor and feature the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Reports have also suggested there is a small chance the iPad Pro, which would have a 12.9-0inch screen, could also be unveiled but may not go on sale until next year.