Apple is reportedly working on to launch iPad Air 3 in such a way to hit the retail shelves in March 2017. The news comes amidst rumors that the Cupertino-based company will most likely shelve the iPad Air project completely. Previously, there were rumors about the fact that the new iPad Air 3 will be launched in October 2016.
If Apple would like to sustain in the competitive marketplace, then 2017 will be the optimum year for the company to launch the iPad Air 3. However, the company hasn’t so far confirmed its existence or revealed the rumored specs. This is true because companies will never speculate upon rumors and speculations.
The confident fans of the iPad Air series are hoping that the company will most likely release iPad Air 3 in October. The currently available second-generation iPad Air was launched in October 2014. Hence, it makes great sense if Apple launches the third generation iPad Air in October 2016 if it wants to retain the release timeline.
Meanwhile, Apple recently launched a sale on its iPad Air 2 devices for limited time discounted offer. According to analysts, this is the sign of an imminent release of a new variant of iPad Air. There are reports that the next version of the iPad Pro tablet will be called iPad Pro 12.9.
The main point to note is that why Apple would like to sell iPad Air 2 at a heavily discounted price when a new device is available within the next two months. It doesn’t make any sense since people will never buy an out-dated device. In the meantime, it’s a great chance for budget users to grab the discounted piece to experience the cool features of iOS.
If Apple indeed releases iPad Air 3, it will be the last iPad Air series because of the speculation that Apple will integrate the whole Air line-up with iPad Pro in the upcoming future.
It’s confusing for customers to pick a product if there are several variants of iPad. If the rumors turn out to be true, you should ideally buy either iPad Air 2 or the upcoming iPad Air 3 before Apple abandons the entire iPad Air series.
Apple iPad Air 3 Specifications
The Apple iPad Air 3 is speculated to feature a 9.7-inch OLED display with an enhanced 2048 x 1536 resolution, an enhanced 7000 series aluminum body, A10 processor, up to 8GB RAM and 512GB storage loaded with iOS 10.
You can expect iPad Air 3 with 64GB and 128GB internal storage variants. According to the rumours, the iPad Air 3 will most likely ship with at least 3GB RAM. Moreover, the iPad Air 3 is expected to ship with an 8MP rear camera with LED flash support, and a 2.1MP front-facing snapper.
You can also expect integration of fingerprint sensor although the addition of iris scanner is highly unlikely. It is also possible for the new iPad Air to be equipped with an A9 or A9X processor.
The forthcoming iPad Air 3 will be manufactured in an ultra-thin design at 6.1 mm, which is more or less similar to that of the previous counterpart. The tablet will be designed using an aluminium chassis just like the iPad Pro 9.7.
The iPad Air 3 will most likely ship in 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch display sizes, smart connector, support for Apple Pencil, trimmed thickness, flush camera, and 3D Touch support. The new devices will be available in silver, gold, Space gray, and Rose gold color variants.