iPad Air 3 release date possibly delayed until spring 2016 because of iPad Pro

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Apple fans who hope to see a new iPad Air this year could be in for a disappointment.

This is because reports suggest that the Cupertino-based tech giant has decided to postpone the launch of the new tablet in favor of the latest version of the iPad Pro.

A report by the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News said that, according to Fubon Bank analyst Liaoxian Yi, Apple reportedly decided to move the release date of the iPad Air 3 from October this year to spring of 2016 amid fears that the iPad Air 3 will cannibalize the sales for the iPad Pro as both devices are of the same size.

The report said that releasing the iPad Air 3 could also lead to availability problems as suppliers struggle to distribute three Apple tablets simultaneously.

The iPad Pro, which is Apple’s contender in the market for tablet/laptop hybrids, was released together with the iPad Mini 4 in the annual Apple event in September, the Latinos Post noted.

The iPad Air 3, Tech News Today reported, will allegedly be a 9.7-inch tablet with a screen resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, an aspect ratio of 4:3 and a depth of 401 pixels per inch or PPI.

It will also reportedly carry an upgraded A9X processor under the hood, and will have native storage options of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. Powered by iOS 9, the iPad Air 3 will have an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1 megapixel front snapper.

The Latinos Post also said that the iPad Air 3 will reportedly have dust and water resistance.

On the other hand, Know Your Mobile suggested that the iPad Air 3 will have a screen resolution of 2334 x 3112 pixels, 2GB or 4GB of RAM to support its A9X processor, and a longer battery life thanks to a 7,340 mAh battery, which the publication noted could be needed because of the improved screen resolution.