iPad Air 3 release date, specs: Upcoming tablet to have thinner design, device to be released in March 2017?

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Apple has yet to unveil a single refresh of its current tablets, and tech watchers are on the lookout for the next iteration of the iPad Air. Though the iPad Air 3 was not unveiled at last month’s Apple event, a new report claims that the upcoming device will be released sometime next year and that the tablet will have a thinner design.

There are rumors claiming that the Cupertino-based company is planning to scrap its Air line as Apple is said to be focusing more on its iPad Pro line. However, those who are in the market for a cheaper device bearing the iconic Apple logo may opt for a tablet from the Air product line, as it costs less than a Pro-branded tablet. The current iPad Pro 9.7 model starts at $599, while the iPad Air 2 only costs $399 for the base model.

According to Neurogadget, the iPad Air 3 could likely be released in March 2017 and will have a 7000-series aluminum body, which will make it thinner than its predecessor. If the rumors are true, then this would be an impressive feat for Apple, as the current device is already quite slim as it measures 9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 inches.

It was also said that the tablet will have a Smart Connector and will be powered by Apple’s A10 chip. The device will likely have a 12-megapixel camera with True Tone flash, and it is expected to support 3D Touch technology. It was claimed that the iPad Air 3 could take its cues from the iPhone 7 as the tablet is said to have the 3.5 mm earphone jack removed.
The iPad Air 3 is expected to keep its 9.7-inch display with the same 1,536 x 2,048-pixel resolution. However, the display could be upgraded from an IPS LCD screen to a Super AMOLED display.

For now, tech fans should take these specs rumors with a grain of salt as Apple has yet to comment on the future of its iPad Air product line. Stay tuned for more news about the iPad Air 3.