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Apple rumored to bestow the iPad Air 3 with a 4K-resolution screen

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Apple rumored to bestow the iPad Air 3 with a 4K-resolution screen

Pouring fuel into fiery rumors of an Apple event that's in the works for March, a new supply chain report claims that the iPhone maker is about to reveal new iPad Air models in March, with full-scale production scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. Reportedly, one of the models will ship with a 4K-resolution screen and up to 4GB of RAM. Given the iPad screen's long-standing 4:3 aspect ratio, we expect the exact resolution to be something along the lines of 4096 x 3072 pixels (DCI standard), or 3840 x 2880p (UHD-1 standard). Number-crunching aside, it's clear that a 9.7-inch display at this resolution will be extremely sharp.

However, the advent of a 4K iPad Air would be equal parts curious and exciting. Last year, Apple eschewed 4K support for its flagship home entertainment product, the Apple TV box. It also graced the 12.1-inch iPad Pro with a 2732 x 2048 resolution, missing a pretty obvious opportunity to pioneer 4K resolution on its most high-profile tablet. In addition, an ultra high-res display will place considerable performance and battery life demands on the tablet, so it would be interesting to see how Apple will ride out these challenges.

In another interesting tidbit, both suppliers have delegated to the source that they expect Apple will increase demand for 3D Touch panels in the first half of 2016, due to orders for products carrying the technology. Although the new iPad Air won't have this functionality, it seems Apple has something else that's also pressure-sensitive in store for later this year. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus would make for pretty obvious guesses here, but we know Apple must have another idea or two for attractive 3D Touch implementations. Let's wait and see, then!

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posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:12 1

1. Martineverest (Posts: 347; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)

Not necessary... Waste of specs

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:31 9

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

Not really. On a 10" screen, 4K will look amazing. It has the same PPI has a 5" 1080p panel.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:52 9

11. letosaw (Posts: 105; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)

Buy there is almost zero chanse that Apple will put better display ( resolution wise ) on the air 3 compared to the ipad pro.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:54

12. letosaw (Posts: 105; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:12 1

19. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

That's not really saying much!

4K is good on whatever it ends up being on no matter the size of the display.

The problem is, there isn't any justified content. The apps presently available will look a bit sharper and more vibrant in color, but still won't be higher than 1080p at most.

Will also mean devs will have to fix apps yet again, because they aren't going to scale properly (yet again).

The games I typically play on iOs arent goign to look any different on a 4K display.

But gonna grab my popcorn and watch how all the fans welcome apple to 4K, when they told the rest of us its a waste of time and money and blah blah blah.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:24 2

25. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)

It's Apple though, devs usually don't do anything big with apps until Apple joins the party, so the fact they're adding 4K (if it ends up happening) is a good thing for the industry.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 10:41 5

31. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

How about text, web browsing etc. Also high-res pics and the whole interface. Not to mention Youtube, netflix and other streaming options.

Sure, apps will take their sweet time to get full use of resolution, but vector quantities like text and simple shapes don't depend on resolution and scale automatically.

I'm against 4k on phones(more so on fake 4K like Sony) but on a tablet it will look absolutely super. Web browsing and 4K YT videos are more than enough for me.

And despite how much I hate iOS, development happens much faster than android. It won't take more than a few months to get all popular apps to take use of resolution(see 3D touch for example).

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 12:54

34. Furbal (Posts: 980; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Good ole SVG

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 17:07

39. BradyCrack (Posts: 674; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)

I'm against it on smartphones, no tablets.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:34 1

9. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

How is it to much, move on with the times jeeze...

4k will look stunning on a screen that size. My S6 edge plus has a 2k screen and it's beautiful compared to a 1080p screen of the same size....

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 20:04

40. medicci37 (Posts: 1276; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

4K led with wireless charging would definitely get my money...But that's gonna be a few years

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:14 8

2. Saioofi (Posts: 243; Member since: 23 May 2014)

4K screen and led flash? That's too much from Apple

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 10:14 5

29. Unordinary (Posts: 1698; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)

There are 5k screens from Apple.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 00:15 1

41. Saioofi (Posts: 243; Member since: 23 May 2014)

With led flash?

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:16 5

3. Martineverest (Posts: 347; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)

It's the downfall of an era..... IPad is dying, noting can stop it

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:13

20. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2183; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

So, the darling of the Internet, the Surface line, was stillborn? It's never moved in anywhere near the iPad, so if the iPad is dead, then the Surface is a colossal flop?

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:14

21. nctx77 (Posts: 1962; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

BS! It's more like people just aren't upgrading as frequently. Look at its sale cycle like a computer, not a smartphone.Also, the black market for used tablets are hot for these things.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 11:25 1

32. nepalisherpa (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)

iPad or any other tablets fall under the same upgrade cycle as PCs used to be. Most people don't replace them every year.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:17 4

4. Martineverest (Posts: 347; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)

Expect the priced to be 1k... Otherwise, it too generous of Apple

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:23 3

5. Zomer (Posts: 270; Member since: 31 May 2013)

Bulls**t for sure.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:28 5

6. Macready (Posts: 952; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)

No mention of "Retina" marketing terms in this article? Surely, we can't see those extra pixels, according to the same Apple...


posted on 28 Jan 2016, 08:23 3

14. WPX00 (Posts: 303; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)

It will surely be called Retina 4K for iPad or something ridiculous.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:33

8. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

Ha! It's funny that people are now calling it Bull Droppings... And yet, when Sony was rumored to feature a 4K Resolution in a 5" Phone (or was it a 5.5" Phone? Sorry, I just don't care much about Sony. No offense meant, it's the truth in plain black & white) there were praises to be heard everywhere on P.A...!!!

Trust me, 4K Resolution makes a TON of sense in a big arsed tablet as compared to a Phablet...


posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:51 2

10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1442; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Uhh . . I see hate comments wherever 4k screen mentioned on a smartphones . . .

"Trust me, 4K Resolution makes a TON of sense in a big arsed tablet ascompared to a Phablet..." I trust you . . It does make more sense . . .

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 08:18 2

13. Punchy506 (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)

Finally a 4k display at a noticeable size. Hope its real.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:15

22. TheGranter (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)

human eye can see up to 800pp the trained eye over 1000pp

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:18

24. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

What? There have already been computers and tablets with 4K displays, which means they are a noticeable size.

The Mac has a 5K display. The Surface has a near 4K display.

Once content providers beef up videos to 4K, or record them natively in 4K, it will be worth watch no matter what size display. Yes bigger could be better, but maybe I want to just view it on my phone.

A 5.7" phone with a 4K display would be amazing! Whether anyone likes it or not is irrelevant.

Just like 1080p and 1440p also look very good on a larger screen, it doesn't look any worse on a smaller one.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 08:59

15. nctx77 (Posts: 1962; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

I'm having a hard time seeing them give the regular iPad 4K and not the Pro.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:04

16. Podrick (Posts: 711; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)

I would rather they make a tablet with Mac OS. I probably won't buy it though but it would stir the competition. Also, if they don't do this soon, surface pro and other Windows tablets will steal a lot of their market.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 16:36

36. BradyCrack (Posts: 674; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)

Tim Cook already said they weren't going to do that (to keep the Mac sales up).
As long as Apple can add more productivity and educational apps (maybe touchscreen version of PC applications?) with better multitasking to the iPad, I'd say that good enough.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:04

17. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

That would make the IPad Pro semi obsolete instantly.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:05 1

18. Podrick (Posts: 711; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)

Isn't it already?

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:17

23. hado86 (Posts: 104; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

I'm thinking I'll upgrade my iPad mini 4 with the mini 5 or iPad pro 2

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:35

26. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

I think the iPad sales are dropping because, now that Apple finally made a larger phone; a tablet is useless.

You don't need 2 devices that do the ssame thing.

When I had an iPad for 2 models, I also had a smaller iPhone. I hated playing games on the small screen. The iPhone and iPod Touch basically forced you to buy an iPad.

But if I had today's iPhone, I would not buy an iPad. What would be the point. If I had an iPad, then I would buy a phone running another OS.

After owning an iPhone/iPad together and then owning a Note and Note Pro, I found that I always used one or the other more often. I used the iPad more so I got rid of the iPhone. I used my Note more, so I got rid of the Pro.

The bigger phone is just for me more fun to use. I dont have to have an over-sized tablet that basically does the exact same thing. It is a complete waste of money.

if I want to see what is on my phone on a bigger screen...I use Samsung's Screen Mirroring with my Samsung TV and that is more than enough for me.

The only tablet I own now is the Surface Pro 4 because it makes perfect since. It doesn't do exactly the same thing my phone does.

The problem with ARM tablets is they all, no matter the brand have the same handicap.

They all took a desktop variant of an operating system and stripped out so much to try to make a tablet a plausible solution to replace a desktop. It's ok, but only to a point.

But I got tired of using the kiddie apps, and kiddie games.

Tablets to me are for kids. They are good for a crawl-up-in-bed movie once in a while, but I typically don't watch very many movies on a phone or tablet anyways other than YouTube/FB.

If Apple wants to increase the iPad sales again, they are going to have to do the exact same thing they criticized Microsoft for. They are goign to have to make an real iPad Pro, that has x86 hardware running OS X. If they ever make this, I will most certainly buy it to have with my Surface.

Apple is so quick to denounce a move by a rival, because they are too stupid pompus and honory to just admit, other companies are innovating ideas better than they are.

Making something bigger is not an innovation. The ipad is still basically a 10" iPod Touch. The thing si tablets were suppose to be different from music players and phones and they simply aren't. They all mimic each other with different sizes and price points. ARM tablets are useless junk...which is why Android tablets never took off and why the iPad is falling on its face.

That is why the Surface makes perfect since because its features though can mimic a smaller mobile device, but has the power and grace to do much more. It si the best hybrid device EVER! Mostly because it isn't an oversize phone. It actually is a real computer in a tablet form factor with balls.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:41 4

27. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)

Oh my , techi im not trying to be rude but your replies seems even longer than the atricle itself please try to make it a bit shorter cuz sometimes i kinda enjoy what you say

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 17:03 1

37. BradyCrack (Posts: 674; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)

I don't really agree, while larger phones may be a slight cause of this I doubt it would do much. There is a total different experience on a iPad that an iPhone plus, iPads give so much more room on the screen to really get into a Netflix show they're watching or surfing the Internet. Heck use me as an example I'm using an iPad pro right now, and I can tell you the experience is so much more pleasant.
People love iPads, and the number one reason is because people don't upgrade them as much as smartphones. Because people don't have a reason to. The iPad Air 2 was great without a doubt, but really? It was just an overall upgrade to the air.
If Apple wants to stop declining sales, the iPad Air 3 needs to be massive. Oh and other one; ADVERTISING! Apple been putting every coin into the Apple Watch, but will people want an iPad Air 3 if they don't know what it is? No, of course not. Advertising is the reason I got my iPad pro.
As for iPads running OS X, I believe Tim Cook did say they would not do it, probably so they don't hurt Mac sales. Which is disappointing, but I think if more productivity apps are added, or updates to pages and multitasking I believe it would be as good as OS X. Apple needs to stop giving multitasking update to the older iPads, it gives less need for newer iPads.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:45

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

It will be called RFR: Retina For Real.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 10:32

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

Imposible because the Pro version dosn't have 4K. They will keep that for the iPad Pro 2 and Air 4 next year.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 12:20

33. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

Well there goes the performance of the air 3(if this is true) smh. Knowing Apple it won't happen anyway cause the iPad Pro doesn't even have 4k.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 13:09

35. RoboticEngi (Posts: 710; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)

Omg but 4k is way too much say the sheep. But once again the pathetic apple circus and their sheep will eat their own s**t, when they launch the very thing they have trashed talked for years. Apple seem to have no bottom regarding how low they can go. The most pathetic company in the world......

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 17:05

38. BradyCrack (Posts: 674; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)

What? LOL where'd this come out of?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:59

42. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)

I worry about the battery life if this is true

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