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Another iPad Air 3 (iPad Pro mini?) case leak reveals 4 speakers, Smart Connector

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Another iPad Air 3 (iPad Pro mini?) case leak reveals 4 speakers, Smart Connector
We've already heard a number of interesting things about the next 9.7" iPad that's expected to be announced by Apple some time this year (rumors say 18th of March, together with the mini-sized iPhone 5se). While initial expectations were that it would be called the iPad Air 3, some rumors now claim that it will be a part of the iPad Pro line, with a name like iPad Pro Mini or something similar.

The reason why some people believe this is because some leaks have pointed out that the next 9.7" iPad will have a quad speaker setup for full stereo sound and will also feature the triple dot Smart Connector, which the iPad Pro uses to connect to a Smart Keyboard. So, yes, essentially, it will look more like a small version of the gargantuan 12.9" iPad Pro than an actual evolution of the iPad Air line, though that's just semantics.

A recent photo leak of an alleged case for the new tablet, complete with a dummy inside, clearly reaffirms the rumors about quad speakers and Smart Connector. This is great news for users who enjoy the much more manageable iPad Air 2 but would love to try Apple's Smart Keyboard to punch out some documents while on the go, and to (finally) bask in stereo sound with their tablet, of course.

Would the fact that it'll be more of an iPad Pro than an iPad Air 3 mean that it's also going to have 4 GB of RAM? We can't say for sure – some rumors certainly claim this to be true, but we are a bit skeptical. Let's keep our fingers crossed until the 18th of March and hope that it gets announced!

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posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:09 1

1. belovedson (Posts: 984; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


Appears expensive

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:46

4. Finalflash (Posts: 2791; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Only for the end user. iPad air 3, now with 3x more air than the last one.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:12 2

2. Chuck007 (Posts: 1052; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Looks promising. Let's hope it doesn't end up costing close to the iPad Pro.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:46

3. villagehunter22 (Posts: 5; Member since: 18 Feb 2016)


i am waiting iphone 5se.i hope it is good.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 05:49 1

5. SIGPRO (Posts: 1385; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Wow this is awsome..........oh no still crap!

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 06:45 1

6. keithtae (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


So innovative!

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 17:21

7. Andr01d (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Mar 2016)


So, after apple released the TV-Like Ipad with smartphone-like software they expect to fix it with a tinier form factor but the same software, there seems to be something wrong here...

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 17:54

8. AlikMalix (Posts: 5193; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Yet people like ipads more than any other tablet currently made, "there seems to be something wrong WITH YOUR MINDSET here"...

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 19:55

10. Andr01d (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Mar 2016)


Im sorry, but i didnt know people alredy lived at the moon since it seems that you havent been able to read any news or articles lately, the fact that you are an apple fan does not mean everybody else is, if you did not know, microsoft surfaces line of tablets are the preferred for people who actually use their tablets to do work stuff, while apple tablets are more for editting stuff and media consumption, so please get your facts straight before arguing about anything on a thread and calling people stuff.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 19:20

9. dancheung77 (Posts: 192; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


Hope its 32gb for the base model

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 20:18

11. soldier1969 (Posts: 20; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


No 4k , no buy.

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