iPad Air 3 release news: In depth test held to compare specs with new iPad mini Pro; rumors on specs continue despite tablet line getting discontinued


Back in March, Apple has technically discontinued their iPad Air lineup. Instead, the Cupertino-based company replaced what could have been the iPad Air 3 with the iPad mini Pro.

A couple of tech aficionados were unhappy about the decision, especially with the huge difference in price between the two devices as they called out the 9.7-inch iPad as a way to increase cost of the device by about $100.

Now, after almost a month since the launch, MacRumors published an in depth test of the iPad mini Pro to determine if the upgrades, specifically its graphic features, equally correspond to the increase in price unlike if Apple has launched the iPad Air 3 instead. The test was performed by DisplayMate, a worldwide leader when it comes to video diagnostics tests. However, since there is no iPad Air 3 to be compared to, the article simulated what could be an upgraded iPad Air 2.

The article noted that the two tablets have a lot of similarities specs-wise with the inclusion of matching 4:3 aspect ratio as well as 2,048 x 1536 resolution and 264 ppi. However, a couple of tweaks made DisplayMate rule out that the LCD dsplay of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the best performing mobile display that it has ever tested.

Breaking the conclusion down, the test resulted with the iPad mini Pro to be “more than 20 percent brighter than the other current iPads” and the “brightest full size production tablet.” It also has “the lowest low screen reflectance of any mobile display,” which means that the images given off by the tablet are considerably better than any other mobile displays that the company has tested.

Meanwhile, despite Apple switching gears from an iPad Air 3 to the iPad mini Pro, speculations of the supposed specs of the third iteration of the Air continue to circulate online. The specs include an A9X chip under the hood as well as a similar Pro tablet feature such as Apple Pencil support. Aesthetically, it is rumored to come in three colors gold, silver, and space grey.