updated 11:57 am EDT, Wed September 3, 2014
Tablet should be thinner, faster, equipped with Touch ID
Supply firms are ramping up production for the second-generation iPad Air, sources say. The people indicate that touch panel makers like TPK and GIS are receiving Apple orders for full-lamination units. Sharp, Japan Display, and LG Display -- typically believed to be the tablet's main LCD suppliers -- are also reportedly receiving an uptick in orders, but for the iPhone.
The sources add that while screen size and resolution are unchanged, the new Air should have a Touch ID sensor, a faster processor, and a slightly thinner body. That would be consistent with rumors, which have suggested that Apple is only planning minor changes to the iPad lineup this year. The focus of Apple's fall launches is expected to be on larger iPhones and the iWatch.