iPad Air 3 release date, specs rumors: No word from Apple on development or release of third-generation tablet

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It could have been pretty exciting if Apple made the official announcement of the iPad Air 3 during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back in June, but just as the Cupertino-based company loves to surprise everyone, it also is a master of bringing in disappointments.

Prior to the media event, Apple already made it clear that WWDC 2016 would focus on software developments and updates, but still, no other device from the company’s lineup has a greater chance of being killed off than the iPad Air, so an announcement about the development of a next-generation device would have been a huge sigh of relief.

But with it a no-show during the event, it could be possible that Apple has other plans in mind and that the iPad Air 3 is no longer part of that plan. However, it still is too early to speculate knowing the fact that the previous generation was actually unveiled in the last quarter of the year.

According to Mobile & Apps, the talk about the device’s impending arrival dramatically increased when several U.S.-based retailers started offering discounts of as much as $250 on the iPad Air 2, fueling rumors that the third-generation was indeed forthcoming. Well, nothing really came out after that.

Nonetheless, the lack of positive news about the iPad Air 3’s release date doesn’t stop the discussion about its specs. According to Trusted Reviews, while the tablet is to have the same 9.7-inch screen size as that of its predecessor, the difference is that the new one will be slimmer. That’s kind of expected though since upcoming replacement and new generation devices are for the most part slimmer than their older counterparts. It will also reportedly be equipped with the usual A9 processor, the same chip used by Apple in the current iPhone lineup.