The iPad Air is one of Apple’s most popular lines, with the company claiming over 200 million tablets sold in the Air’s 9.7in form factor. Fans have been clamouring for a successor to the iPad Air 2 since its launch back in 2014.
Many were expecting the iPad Air 3 to be announced alongside the iPhone 6s in September, or the iPhone SE in March. Instead, however, Apple launched the iPad Pro in both 12.9in and 9.7in flavours.
The fact that Apple released an iPad Pro in the same 9.7in form factor as the iPad Air has led some to speculate that the company will be retiring the Air range in favour of smaller iPad Pro variants.
Apple has yet to confirm whether or not it will be adding to its iPad Air portfolio in the future. Read on to find out everything we do know about the possibility of a 2016 iPad Air 3.
iPad Air 3 latest news
10/01/2017: An industry analyst has predicted Apple will launch at least three new models of the iPad in the second quarter of 2017. The three variants will come in differing screen sizes: 9.7in, 10in or 10.5in, and 12.9in.
The larger of these models is expected to be a second-generation upgrade to the current 12.9in iPad Pro, while the 10-10.5in model will be a “high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design”. The smaller 9.7in model will represent Apple’s attempt at a budget device at the lower end of the market.
The two larger models will both feature an A10X chip manufactured by TSMC, expected to be an upgraded version of the A10 chip powering the current iPhone 7. The smaller 9.7in variant will use the Samsung made A9 chip found in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.