It’s that time of year again, mobile device manufacturers are getting ready to launch exciting new tablets and other gear in time for the holidays. Apple is expected to be launching a couple new tablets soon, and we’re here to explore what that might mean to you. Join us for a rumor round-up for the iPad Air 3.
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The obvious first thing on all of our minds is what will be new in the iPad Air 3. With the iPad Air 2 still going strong and the iPad Pro 9.7 handily taking the 9.7-inch iPad offering to the next level, what should Apple be doing to capture our attention. The answer is, based on rumor, almost nothing.
I made that sound rough, what we are expecting from the iPad Air 3 is the same processing package as is found on the iPad Pro 9.7. Considering the amount of time the A9X has had to mature, using it, or just the A9, along with the removal of the extra ports and accessories that make the Pro tablet a pro tablet, the iPad Air 3 could be the next ‘budget’ iPad. This leaves room for a newer Pro tablet with a newer A10 chipset and force-touch display.
It’s not all boring, Apple is rumored to be trying out new, harder aluminum, which could lead to an even thinner design. Should the iPad Air 3 take advantage of the new True Tone equipped display panel of the iPad Pro 9.7, we would be very excited, and we think you should be too, but we sort of imagine that will be saved for the Air 4.
While we can only hope that Apple will include the stereo speaker setup found on both Pro tablets, we can be certain that iOS 10 will be the software behind it all.
Let’s round that up quick:
Apple A9 or A9X chipset
Harder aluminum for a slimmer design
When can we buy the iPad Air 3?
I want to premise this with a harsh reality, Apple just launched a new 10-inch tablet. With the iPad Pro 9.7 only a few months old, it is somewhat unlikely that Apple will push the iPad Air 3 this fall. This logic is in agreement with the rumors out there suggesting that we might see the iPad Air 3 in March of 2017. Apple is certainly due for an update to the larger iPad Pro, as to the mini iPad line this year, and they have a rumored 10.5-inch iPad in the works for next year, all of which seem more likely to launch before we see the iPad Air 3.
Keep in mind this is all speculative, it could very well be that Apple launch the iPad Air 3 in September with a November shipping date, just in time for the holidays.
For those that are concerned with storage space, which I hope is all of you, the rumor mill says 32GB will be the starting place. We can only continue to speculate, but 64GB, 128GB and 256GB models are all logical to us. It will be interesting to see what sizes Apple includes, however, as they have a recent track record of skipping sizes that other iPad models cover. For example, you can get the iPad Air 2 in 16GB and 64GB sizes, but the iPad Pro 9.7 comes in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.
Now we’re truly getting into speculative territory. Truth is, we have only the history of launch prices to pull from here, Apple is very good at keeping this sort of information a secret until the last moment.
While we have seen others guess that Apple will stick to a $599 starting price, as they pretty much have with all full size iPad models for years, we think they’ll offer a reduced price this time. This, however, truly depends on how much tech they borrow from the iPad Pro 9.7. If the True Tone display panel is used for the iPad Air 3, we will concede the above familiar price point, without this panel, though, we think it possible a $549 or even $499 starting price.
As you might imagine, particularly if the iPad Air 3 is slated for a Spring 2017 launch, rumors are pretty slim as yet. This simply means that we’ll be revisiting this article as often as we must in the coming weeks or months as new info leaks, watch for the updates.
What do you say, if the iPad Air 3 is the new ‘budget’ iPad offering, will you consider it, or stick with the Pro line?