Apple planning to unveil iPad Air 3 at March event, report says

By , Jan 27, 2016

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Apple is planning to unveil a third generation model of its 9.7-inch iPad Air in March, reports 9to5Mac. The site’s well-sourced Mark Gurman says that the tablet will likely make its debut at an event during the week of March 14, alongside the rumored 4-inch iPhone and new Apple Watch bands.

Gurman doesn’t offer much in terms of what the new tablet will look like, though the consensus is the design will resemble the previous Air, or what kind of internals it will have. He does however say that Apple has been testing 9.7-inch panels that support the Pencil, which for now is iPad Pro-only.

If Apple follows its past behaviors, the Air 3 should have at least an A9X processor and at least 2GB of RAM. And if a recently-leaked design schematic is accurate, the new tablet will also feature an LED flash for the rear iSight camera, and dual speakers on both the top and bottom for stereo-like sound.

As for new Apple Watch gear, Gurman says that we’ll likely see new Sport band colors, new Hermès band colors, a Space Gray/Black version of the Milanese Loop, and an all-new band made out of new material. On the software side, Apple has already begun testing a few new features in watchOS 2.2.

Apple on Tuesday announced that it sold 16.1 million iPads during its last quarter, a year-over-year drop of 25%. It’ll be interesting to see if a new, more powerful 9.7-inch tablet can help the struggling line, which has seen a YoY drop in sales for the past several quarters.

Source: 9to5Mac

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  • Jamessmooth

    Well that sucks. Was hoping for at least a new Apple Watch. Seems like a pretty weak event.

    • Matthew Valenti

      You Don’t Know ANYTHING! Hahaha but that sentence was ignorant.

  • White Michael Jackson

    Do you guys think the ipad mini will get a refresh?

    • Troy

      Doubt it it just got updated

      • Bigfoot Expert

        no it didn’t?…

      • iNeedANameHere

        September, it wasn’t too long ago

      • Bigfoot Expert

        I think I remember, was it a spec bump?

      • SkyFall

        Spec bump and redesign. It looks more like the Air 2 now instead of the Air 1 the Mini 2 and 3 looked.

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  • John Smith

    “at least 2gb ram” oh really? I thought Apple would reduce it from 2 to 1…

    • SkyFall

      Some people might think it will get 4 GB same as the Pro thats why they wrote it…

  • Dammit I just got the Air 2 last month.

  • Blip dude

    Oh god please: NO FASTER TOUCH ID!!! PLEASE!!! Other than that, I’ll see what else it will offer. Don’t mind 4GB RAM and 4-Speakers, and of course 1440p (Seriously, 4K is still not necessary at this point). But I will be needing more, as I previously mentioned.

    • stylesbeyond

      so you want a slower touch ID? put the one from the 6s on it thats much better than the slower crappy touch ID on the 6

      • Blip dude

        No one needs Touch ID to be faster. Yes, the Touch ID on the iPad Air 2 is PERFECT. It reads my fingerprint everytime without fail. And I can look into my lockscreen to view notifications. The Touch ID on the 6S Plus sucks because it’s so stupid that I can’t even read my notifications from the lockscreen. It’s stupid to have go through a hassle just to view Notifications. Explain how waiting an extra second is a crappy instead of people just being straight up impatient??

  • DevXav

    How about the new Skylake macbooks? THOSE are the most important IMO..

    • Blip dude

      I’m interested and hoping Apple would announce this as well.

    • iPhoneWINS

      IM almost ready too update my 3 year old MBP

  • iPhoneWINS

    nope.. still another boring update I’m happy with my jailbroken iPad mini 2