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Apple iPad Air 3 tipped to come with LED flash, four speakers

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An alleged leaked iPad Air 3 schematic

An alleged leaked iPad Air 3 schematic

According to a leaked schematic originally published by French tech blog Nowhereelse, the upcoming Apple iPad Air 3 will come with a number of small but important hardware tweaks. 

Before we get to the full details, it should be noted that the source is said to have an on-off track record when it comes to reporting on upcoming Apple devices. As such, make sure to digest this information with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Probably the most interesting new hardware shown by the alleged leaked schematic is an LED flash on the back. None of the previous iPad models came with an LED flash, a decision that seemed to suggest that Apple isn't fully supporting tablet photography. 

Despite the lack of an LED flash, however, many iPad users routinely snap pictures with their iOS tablets. As such, the introduction of an LED flash - should the feature become a reality - has every chance of being interpreted as a sign that Apple is getting behind iPad photography. Unfortunately, however, there is no mention of a potential camera upgrade over the 8MP primary camera on the current-generation Apple iPad Air 2.

The same source also claims that the upcoming Apple iPad Air 3 will come with four speakers, a hardware feature that's already available on the larger and more expensive iPad Air Pro. Given that movie-watching is already one of the primary uses of an iPad, the introduction of two additional speakers (compared to the iPad Air 2) would allow for a better movie experience overall, especially when coupled with the high pixel densities that we've become to expect from Apple's iPad lineup.

According to previous rumors, the Apple iPad Air 3 might be introduced at some point during the first half of 2016. Unfortunately, however, details are rather scarce at this point. If Apple is indeed planning to launch a new Apple iPad Air model by this summer, unofficial sources are very likely to reveal more details regarding the hardware and the software in the upcoming weeks/months. As always, we'll be here to gather this information, filter it, then tell you all about it.

What do you guys think of this rumor? Would you be interested in an Apple iPad Air model with an LED flash and quad speakers?

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posted on 26 Jan 2016, 00:21 1

1. Obádárà (Posts: 151; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


... Well, this will be a rumour leak that I will find very hard to believe. Though, expecting such improvements, but I very much doubt that Apple will do such especially the led flash...

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 00:45 1

2. Well-Manicured-Man (Posts: 344; Member since: 16 Jun 2015)


LED flash would not be necessary. 4 Speakers would be awesome.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 10:18

22. Brewski (Posts: 379; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Yes. I could care less about a flash. Improved speakers and a bigger battery would be more than welcomed though!!

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 01:19

4. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Best tablet so far is the z4 tablet. Hybrid tablet/laptop is the surface pro. If this rumor is true, then good for fruity.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 05:52 1

10. BradyCrack (Posts: 731; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Really? The best tablet for 2015 is the iPad Air 2, at least that's what techradar and Cnet are saying. Oh well, this year Apple will completely dominate the tablet industry again.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 06:24

15. MDave (Posts: 115; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


There's no "best" that suits everyone.I'd never consider a tablet with LCD screen and no expandable storage, for example (especially at iPad prices)

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 10:07

21. aegislash (Posts: 518; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


So what you're saying is that techperson211 isn't allowed to have their own opinion of what's best? They have to agree with what tech sites say?

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 16:49

24. BradyCrack (Posts: 731; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Well, that's just me following tech websites. iPad Air 2 came first in both websites, of course he may not like the OS.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 01:13 3

3. Martineverest (Posts: 417; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


It still won't stop iPad sales from plummeting

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 06:05

13. BradyCrack (Posts: 731; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Yeah, unfortunately. But android tablets are taking a hit as well.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 01:25 3

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


People look dumb, taking photos and recording from iPads,,, I own them, and never done that before. Just my opinion

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 01:51

6. Jimrod (Posts: 1409; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


I agree, amazed how many I see at tourist attractions being held up in the air, it's a weird concept - it's not particularly portable compared to a phone or, I don't know, a camera?

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 02:30

7. submar (Posts: 480; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


IT'S JUST SMALL IMPROVEMENT

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 03:37 1

8. Jimrod (Posts: 1409; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Well done, want a cookie?

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 03:59

9. submar (Posts: 480; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


isn't it?
and this happen when i type in all caps

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 06:14

14. Jimrod (Posts: 1409; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


It is, what new device is anything but a small improvement in a fairly mature market though?

Will the Samsung S7 be a revolutionary jump from the S6 or just small tweaks, a little faster processor etc? There isn't much exciting in the phone/tablet world now, just incremental improvements.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 08:19

17. submar (Posts: 480; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


I think s7 is a bit more than that

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 06:00 2

11. BradyCrack (Posts: 731; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


My Wishlist:
. 4 speakers
. Less bezel
. Improved finger print scanner
. Rose gold option
. 3-4 GB of ram
. 32GB and 128GB storage options (like the iPad pro)
. Smart connectors
. Apple pencil and smart keyboard support
. waterproofing
. A9X chip
. Better screen
. 5MP front camera
. Improved battery life

If it had this, it would easily be the best mobile tablet for 2016.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 06:02 1

12. jeroome86 (Posts: 1379; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Love my Air 2 and probably keep it for couple more years. These are pricey tablets for sure.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 07:49

16. yonith (Posts: 145; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Stupid stupid stupid. I would gladly take the weight reduction by NOT having those 4 speakers and flash.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 08:39

19. darkkjedii (Posts: 22128; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


It'll have stupid sales too.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 08:37

18. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


I sometimes forget that my air 2 has a back camera so camera and flash is really not important the way I see it. The 4 speakers would be sweet though!! And some extra color option would be nice as well and of course a slightly better battery would be appreciated :)

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 08:40 1

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 22128; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The iPad Pro will definitely be my next tablet. 128 gig wifi/cellular.

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 12:20

23. xfire99 (Posts: 873; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


You can't have good movie experience with ipads, even they add 8 speakers. I let the iSheeps wonder why they cant. :)

posted on 26 Jan 2016, 17:29

25. jeroome86 (Posts: 1379; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Not the ideal aspect ratio for movies. But I use Bluetooth stereo speakers anyways. But for media I like a Android 16x9 tablet. Looks like Samsung moving away from that size now. Ugh.

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