iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 release date 2014: what iPhone 6 Plus means

Apple didn’t utter a peep about the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 or the release date for either when it took the stage this week to unveil the iPhone 6. But without addressing any aspect of the new iPads directly, Apple did tell us quite a bit about what we can expect. First, there’s the obvious: the new iPad models will run iOS 8 and their top new software features will be based around it accordingly. But the release date was also telegraphed. And there’s more reason than ever to believe that there’s about to be a larger sized iPad Plus.

If the rumors of a 5.5 inch iPhone 6 sounded like something Apple would never do, then the unrealistic rumors of a 12.9 inch iPad Plus now have to be taken seriously as well. Android phablets proved that there is at least a growing niche market for massive sized phones, and there is as of yet no evidence that anyone wants a super-sized tablet. But the Plus shows that Apple is more willing to experiment than ever when it comes to offering more sizes and models in the hopes of pleasing everyone. That makes for a new Apple tablet lineup consisting of the iPad Plus, the iPad Air, and iPad mini. That’s right, look for Apple to continue not using generational numbers on its iPad models. Though Apple won’t call them “iPad Air 2” or “iPad mini 3” the public will likely continue to refer to them that way for clarity.

As for the release date for the release date for the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, the iPad Plus, and whatever other tablet variations Apple has in the pipeline, the company has a consistent pattern of releasing its new iPads about five weeks after its new iPhones. So look for an iPad media event in mid October.

Phil Moore

Phil Moore

Phil covers tech for Stabley Times.