iPad Air 3 release date set for early 2017 after iPad Air 2 price drop?

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Many are still hoping for a new version of Apple’s iPad Air with rumors suggesting that the iPad Air 3 is indeed in the works, despite the absence of any news for the device during the recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC); with the recent drop in price of the iPad Air 2 being used as a sign of Apple either preparing to launch a new device or being in the process of killing of the whole iPad Air line.

Apple’s latest WWDC happened about two weeks ago, which primarily featured software updates to the Cupertino-based tech giant’s devices instead of any actual announcements about possible new versions. Many were hoping to see or hear about the new iPad Air 3 at the event, only to be met with disappointment.

Some remain hopeful, with the recent discount Apple has placed on the iPad Air 2 being seen as possibly part of the company’s efforts in gearing up for a slew of major releases. The current rumor about the device is that Apple has merely pushed back the release of the device all the way to early next year, which will further extend the wait of those who have been anticipating the iPad Air 3 since October of last year.

Meanwhile others, like MacWorld, feel that the rumors of the iPad Air 3’s release date are baseless and that there is a strong likelihood of the device not even existing in the first place. Based on the announcement of a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, others are speculating that the days of the iPad Air family are numbered.

Reports suggest that Apple is killing off the iPad Air line and refocusing its attention to the Pro and Mini variants of its flagship tablet. The announcement of the iPad Pro getting a 9.7-inch variant is believed to be an evidence of that point, considering the fact that specific display dimension was reserved for the Air family as the middle point between the Pro and Mini siblings.