Apple hasn’t introduced a new iPad since last October, and consumers have instead been shifting to iPhones with larger screens, such as Apple’s new iPhone 6 Plus.
So the introduction of a larger iPad could be a milestone for the company. This device, which is set to have a 12.9-inch screen, won’t be introduced until next year.
ABI Research published its latest report into the state of the tablet market on Tuesday. The report says that growth in the sector is at an all-time low of 2.5 percent and while Apple and Samsung are still the world's most popular tablet brands, they are starting to stagnate as cheaper alternatives arrive in stores.
As well as a gold-tone finish, the new iPad Air is expected to feature a faster processor, a special treatment on the screen to make it easier to view when outdoors and the same Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the latest-generation iPhone in order to up security and simply mobile payments.