iPad Air 3 release date, specs rumors: Apple's focus on iPad Pro could spell the end of the iPad Air line

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The Apple iPad Air lineup sits in between the Mini and Pro variants, essentially classifying it as the company’s mid-range offering for consumers who either don’t want the small screen of the iPad Mini or the hefty price tag of the iPad Pro. And while it looks to be a product that Apple cannot afford to abandon considering it caters to a significant group of consumers, it now appears that the Cupertino-based software and tech giant is more willing to accept that it no longer is a practical offering.

There are rumors that the third-generation iPad Air is on its way, but there also are speculations that Apple has effectively scrapped the plan in favor of the iPad Pro line. Apparently, the company does not want to market both the Pro and Air at the same time as the improvements of the former could very well make the latter a useless device. This line of thought was first suggested by reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that Apple would want to spend more of its efforts and time in developing the iPad Pro line.

Per Mobile & Apps, it may be true that the iPad Pro is the more celebrated line for the moment, but it doesn’t mean that the iPad Air 3 is already out of the picture. Nonetheless, the report warned that if the rumored device isn’t announced or launched in the first half of 2017, then there has to be good reason at that point to say that it no longer will be happening.

As far as the specifications are concerned, the tablet is expected to carry the latest A10 processor from Apple as well as the improved iOS 10. Internal storage should be at least 64 GB while the display needs to be AMOLED with a 2048 x 1538-pixel resolution.