While we didn’t see an iPad Air 3 release in 2015, it looks like 2016 will be the year that we’ll see it. Here’s what we know so far about the iPad Air 3 release, based on rumors.
Apple skipped over the iPad Air 3 late last year during its iPhone 6s event, and instead announced the iPad Pro, which is a large 12.9-inch tablet that’s now Apple’s largest iPad yet, as well as its most expensive tablet by far, with a starting price of $799.
However, Apple hasn’t forgotten about the iPad Air series, and it appears that the company will release the iPad Air 3 at some point this year.
The iPad Air 3 is a rumored tablet that hasn’t gotten much attention as far as the rumor mill is concerned, but things are quickly picking up as we move further into 2016.
Here’s what we know so far about the iPad Air 3 and what rumors say about the upcoming tablet.
This one’s a no doubter, just like with every new iPad that Apple announces. The iPad Air 3 will receive a performance boost, most likely with an upgrade to an A9 processor instead of the A8X and most likely sticking with 2GB of memory like before.
However, a new report from DigiTimes suggests that the new tablet could get as much as 4GB of RAM, which would match the iPad Pro’s 4GB of RAM if true. DigiTimes has had a shaky reputation, so we’re taking this one with a grain of salt for now.
Of course, it probably won’t be a huge performance upgrade from the iPad Air 2, as it usually never is, but a faster processor never hurts and if you’re in the market for a new iPad, grabbing the iPad Air 3 will be the best option at that point.
Another rumor from DigiTimes also claims that the iPad Air 3 will rock a 4K display, which would give it a higher resolution than the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro has a resolution of 2732 x 2048, whereas 4K has a standard resolution of 3840 × 2160. The iPad Air currently has a resolution of 2048 x 1536, so a 4K display would be a big jump.
However, we’re taking this one with a huge grain of salt, as we simply can’t see Apple making the iPad Air 3’s resolution better than the iPad Pro’s, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed at least.
If it’s better photos that you’re after, the iPad Air 3 might just have the best camera yet in an iPad, as Apple tends to upgrade this department with every new product refresh.
The iPad Air 2 camera is better than the iPad Air.
Currently, the iPad Air 2 can take some pretty impressive photos and can even record 1080p HD video, as well as 720p video with the front-facing FaceTime camera. Of course, there might not be a huge difference between the iPad Air 3 and the iPad Air 2 when it comes to the camera, but Apple will hopefully make enough improvements that users will notice.
There haven’t been very many rumors as far as the iPad Air 3 camera is concerned, which could mean it may not be a huge deal, but if taking photos with your iPad is an important feature for you, there’s no problem with waiting for the new tablet to release.
Apple Pencil Support
The iPad Pro is currently the only iPad that fully supports the Apple Pencil, as it comes with a special display that helps the new stylus do its thing. It’s rumored that the same display technology will be put into the iPad Air 3.
The report comes from 9to5Mac, which has been highly reputable with past Apple rumors. Plus it really just makes sense for Apple to do this, as expanding the usage of the Apple Pencil would be beneficial.
The iPad Air 3 currently doesn’t have a set release date yet, and we probably won’t officially find out until a couple of weeks beforehand when Apple eventually sends out invites for an event. However, there are a couple of interesting reports that have come up recently regarding the release of new iPads.
According to the 9to5Mac report linked above, the iPad Air 3 is said to be revealed during a March event that Apple will host, where the company will also reveal new Apple Watch updates, as well as the iPhone 5se (a.k.a. the iPhone 6c).
If this is true, then it would be the first time in several years that Apple has released an iPad earlier in the year. The first three generations of iPads were all announced during the first-half of the year until Apple moved the announcements to the fall. So this could be a sign that Apple is going back to the past with its iPad release cycle.