Fans awaiting the release of the iPad Air 3 may soon be getting the new device, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as Apple may release the latest version of the iPad as soon as the first half of 2016.
According to a report by The Motley Fool, the device will not feature the 3D Touch technology that it used for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus because of reports that it significantly slowed down the performance of functions in the device.
Without the 3D Touch technology and without significant innovations, it is unlikely that the next gen iPad would spawn an upgrade cycle among consumers and loyal fans.
Based on a report by Morning News USA, the lack of 3D Touch technology may prompt Apple to upgrade the processor that will be used by the iPad Air 3 to the A9X processor, which is the same chipset used for the iPad Pro.
Earlier predictions speculate that Apple will not release a 16GB model, but rather start the line at 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
While the first half of 2016 seems like a vague timeline for a release date, the report suggested that the device may come at the same time or close to the release of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 which will be in March 2016.
According to rumors, the iPad Air 3 could be released by March in the U.K., but it remains uncertain whether it will be released in other parts of the world at the same time.
As early as now, there are also price points being released for the iPad Air 3 Wi-Fi models as the 32 GB unit is expected to sell at 449. The 128 GB could cost up to 579.