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More power and beefed-up, biometric security will be front and centre on the next-gen iPads, one of the industry’s most forthright analysts predicts, in what’s shaping up to be an intriguing year for Apple-watchers.

According to KGI securities analyst Ming Chi KuoKuo, the 2013 editions of the iPar Air and iPad mini will be the first Apple tablets to pack the Touch ID fingerprint-unlock technology that debuted on the iPhone 5S.

Both slates will also, it seems, get a steroid injection in the form of an A8 processor to better enable them to handle all the pixel-pushing and multi-tasking they'll be asked to do.

Kuo claims the Pad Air 2, which is purportedly due to land in advance of last year’s October street date, is in line for a camera boost. Instead of the five-megapixel number that features on the current-gen edition, we can apparently look forward to an eight-megapixel iSight snapper instead.

The iPad mini it seems will feature the same design as last year, but could get a price cut as Apple bids to compete with the slew of low-cost Android tablets that have at last given Google a foothold in the slate market.

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Kuo’s note to investors states: “We previously thought Apple would not release a new version of the iPad mini this year but we now think Apple will launch an upgraded version with same form factor, A8 processor and Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) to boost shipments of iPad mini with Retina display.”

In keeping with current market wisdom, our technology sage appears unconvinced about the much rumoured iPad Pro, but expects that the 12.9-inch slate will tip up next year.

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