Speculations suggest that the rumored iPad Air 3 may be scheduled for launch sometime in March 2017 when it did not become part of Apple’s September keynote address.
According to reports, now that Apple has unveiled some of its flagship devices such as the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch 2, the new tablet may finally be made available since the last model arrived in October 2014.
When it comes to design, it is believed to be slimmer with a 6.1-mm unibody made from an aluminum chassis for a lighter and sleeker built. The display will apparently measure at 9.7 inches with a fingerprint scanner integrated in the home button. The screen may also have a resolution of 2048 x 1538 pixels.
Under the hood, it is predicted to come in three variants with 64 GB as the base model, followed by 128 GB, and the largest memory at 256 GB. The processor is deemed to be the A9X chip and the tablet may have added support for Apple Pencil, as well as a four-speaker audio system.
Pricing is said to start at $599 per unit but it remains to be seen if this comes to fruition as others believe that the iPad Air 3 may become the low-cost version renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was hinting about.
Kuo shared previously that the Cupertino-based giant will be offering a revolutionary iPad device on its Pro series. The gadget is said to come in three sizes a powerful 12.9-inch model, a slightly smaller 10.5-inch variant for educational and commercial purposes, and the regular 9.7-inch tablet. The last one will apparently be powered by the current A9X chip while the first two variants will have the A10X.
The analyst added that the iPad series may also sport the revolutionary AMOLED display following the footsteps of the iPhone. “If Apple can truly tap the potential of a flexible AMOLED panel, we believe the new iPad model will offer new selling points through radical form factor design and user behavior changes, which could benefit shipments,” Kuo was quoted stating.
Since there is no official announcement from the company yet, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.