Apple’s second iPad Air, which has replaced the original iPad with Retina Display, is expected to include an upgraded A8 processor and 8 megapixel camera, among other improvements.

The forthcoming iPad Air will likely also feature a Touch ID fingerprint scanner built into the home button, similar to the one introduced on the iPhone 5S. Additionally, the adoption of the new A8 chip will provide the device with improved processing speed and power, as well as enhanced battery life over its predecessor.

The 8 megapixel camera will be a significant improvement over the 5 megapixel module found on the first generation iPad Air. However, the new iPad Air will likely go unchanged in terms of its physical design, including a familiar 2048 x 1536 screen resolution and 9.7 inch Retina display.

Production of displays and camera hardware for the next iPad Air is reportedly set to begin this month, according to ETNews (via AmongTech).

The next generation iPad Air, along with an updated iPad Mini, is rumored to be released sometime in the fall, either in September or October. This timeframe falls in line with previous iPad releases.

Anyone considering purchasing a new iPad would be advised to wait until the summer is over. Apple tends to roll out updated product models in the fall when students are shopping around for new computers and tablets.