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Apple may have another big surprise up its sleeve at the iPhone 6 event

iPad Air 2 Rumors: Launch Date

Apple may have something special to announce during the upcoming September 9th media event, in addition to the iPhone 6 and iWatch, KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo revealed in a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider.

FROM EARLIER: A thinner, more powerful iPad Air model is in the works

Apparently, Apple may unveil the iPad Air 2 on the same day, a surprising move considering the company has not combined iPhone and iPad announcements before as it’s traditionally focused first on smartphones and then on tablets.

According to Kuo, who has a good track record reporting on unreleased Apple products, the iPad Air 2 will be the only new Apple tablet to see “significant spec upgrades,” which could mean an iPad mini refresh might not be in the works.

The iPad Air 2 should pack an anti-reflective screen coating, full-lamination touch panel, next-gen A8 processor (just like the iPhone 6), a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a new gold color option. A recent report also said the new 9.7-inch iPad will be thinner than the first-gen iPad Air model.

The analyst said a 2014 iPad mini – if released – could also come with fingerprint-reading capabilities.

Recent reports have claimed that Apple might unveil only the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 at its September 9 event and the iWatch, with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 expected to arrive later this year. As for new iPads, Apple was expected to hold a special even in October to announce new model, but that might not be the case anymore, assuming Kuo’s findings are accurate.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.