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New iPad Air may launch next week as Apple designer confirms 'iWatch'

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New iPad Air 2 may launch next week, according to a September 4 report in Apple Insider. A well-connected source with a reliable track record, Ming-Chi Kuo, claims that the iPad Air 2 will be available in a gold exterior, like the iPhone 5s.

Besides the gold color option, Kuo claims that the iPad Air 2 will have an anti-reflective screen coating in addition to the features leaked previously. These previously leaked features suggest the iPad Air 2 is coming with a new A8 processor, Touch ID, a full-lamination touch panel and more RAM.

It would be shocking if Apple launched iPad Air 2 and the next generation iPad mini next week rather than in October. But such a move would be logical if Apple wants to extend the iPad Air and iPad mini buying season by one month (most iPads are purchased in the first six months of the year) and free an October event for a spotlight launch of “iWatch”.

Recent reports suggest that “iWatch” availability begins in 2015, so an “iWatch” launch closer to 2015 sounds reasonable. On the other hand (no pun intended), Recode suggests that the “iWatch” will be revealed next Tuesday, along with the iPhone 6 and Recode has a good track record in this regard.

What is know for sure is that Apple is launching iPhone 6 next Tuesday. What is also know for sure is that Apple always launches its new flagship iPad with established iPhone developments.

Whether the “iWatch” launches next Tuesday or in the October event, what is certain is that the “iWatch” is coming. In a very unusual revelation by a current Apple employee, a designer who works for Jonathan Ive, Apple's design chief, reports that Ive told him the upcoming “iWatch” is so cool Swiss watchmakers are in “trouble," according to a report in the “New York Times."

The world will know a lot more about Apple's plans when Apple launches the iPhone 6 event in just six days. This iPhone 6 event is being held at the Flint Center, not far from Apple headquarters.