While most of the Apple-watching world has its sights focused on the next iPhone, Apple has put next-generation versions of the iPad into production. That’s according to Bloomberg News, which says that the new full-sized iPad Air model will be announced later this quarter or early next quarter and that the new 7.9-inch model will hit the market by the end of the year:

Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the end of this quarter or early next, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. A new version of the 7.9-inch iPad mini is also entering production and will probably be available by the end of the year, they said.

As for what the new iPads will feature, faster A8 processors, Touch ID fingerprint scanners, and improved cameras are all likely on the agenda. But Bloomberg today adds a previously unknown nugget into the mix: new anti-reflective coating that could make the new iPad Air easier to read. No word on if the Mini will too get this updated screen, but apparently this makes the new model more difficult to build.

The iPad’s usability in sunlight, of course, has previously been poked fun at by Amazon:

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