Last year, Apple surprised everyone by not updating the iPad Air 2, which it had initially released in 2014. Instead, the company released the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that was meant to take on the Surface Pro 4 and even replace Ultrabooks for many. Six months after the unveiling of the iPad Pro though, Apple looks all set to unveil the iPad Air 3, which might just be getting a new moniker this year.
According to 9to5Mac, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will come with a higher price tag of $599, compared to the iPad Air 2. The base variant of the tablet will come with 32GB of storage space and Wi-Fi only connectivity, with Apple offering higher priced variants of the tablet with 128GB of storage and LTE connectivity.
The iPad Air 3 isn’t quite official just yet, but that just gives more room for the Rumor Mill to spike up interested ahead of the tablet’s announcement.
Apple’s “secret” display facility in northern Taiwan, which was revealed in a Bloomberg report earlier this week, will focus on developing micro-LED technology, according to a new report. The Cupertino company is thought to be working to solve existing mass production problems.
According to a research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be launching the ‘iPad Air 3’ in March 2016.
A sketchy rumor that has originated from Japan claims Apple’s super-sized iPad Pro will go on sale during the first week of November — alongside the new Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.
With tablets sale declining and the iPads being the worse hit, all eyes are set on the upcoming iPads from Apple to help give the tablet market a much needed boost. Last year, the company unveiled the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, which failed to capture consumer’s interest.
Apple’s rumored iPad Pro is expected to enter production by the end of the third quarter of this year with a 12.9-inch display from Sharp, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain. The claims corroborate a previous report from reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo.