It has been two years since Apple launched its latest iPad Air model, and fans of the device have been calling for a refresh. While the device did not make an appearance at this month’s iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 launch, rumors claim that the Cupertino-based company is set to unveil new tablets for its various iPad lineups, including a new iPad Air 3.
Though not a single tablet made an appearance at the Sept. 7 launch, Apple updated its tablet lineup and price list without fanfare as seen on its dedicated tablet page. The tech giant has upgraded the iPad Air 2’s base model from 16 GB to 32 GB, but the cost of the unit was not affected by the upgrade. The iPad Mini 4 also got the same upgrade, while the prices of the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro models dropped from $50 to $100 depending on internal storage.
Apple’s quiet upgrade and price discount appears to confirm that the next-generation tablets are on their way, and it’s likely that the iPad Air 3’s basic model will come with Wi-Fi and 32 GB internal storage. It is also expected that the device will come in a 128 GB Wi-Fi only version, as well as 32 GB and 128 GB Wi-Fi plus Cellular versions.
No leaks pertaining to the upcoming device have been seen on the internet, but it is believed that the tablet will be lighter and slimmer than its predecessor. The iPad Air 3 is expected to come in the same Gold, Silver, and Space Grey options, along with a new Rose Gold variant.
It is expected that if Apple launches the tablet sometime this year, then the base model could cost about $500 for the standard model. Rumors claim that the next iPad Air refresh is slated for a March 2017 debut, and if Apple decides to delay the tablet, it was said that the iPad Air 3 could start at $413 for the 32 GB model.