x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Drawing of Apple iPad Air 3 confirms that the slate is a smaller version of the iPad Pro

Drawing of Apple iPad Air 3 confirms that the slate is a smaller version of the iPad Pro

Posted: , by Alan F.

Tags :

Drawing of Apple iPad Air 3 confirms that the slate is a smaller version of the iPad Pro
The other day, when a case for the Apple iPad Air 3 leaked along with some specs for the tablet, it sounded all too familiar. With cutouts for four speakers and the Smart Connector, the leaked image of the iPad Air 3 case was telling us that Apple's next flagship tablet is simply a smaller version of the Apple iPad Pro. Instead of a 12.9-inch screen, the iPad Air 3 carries a 9.7-inch display instead.

Other specs are said to match the business-centric iPad Pro including the use of the A9X chipset, and 4GB of RAM. There is speculation that the iPad Air 3 will support Apple Pencil, and will hook up with a smaller version of the Smart Keyboard. A drawing of the device that surfaced today allegedly reveals the dimensions of the iPad Air 3; the tablet will be 0.05 mm thicker and 0.1 mm wider than the Apple iPad Air 2.

One piece of good news that we told you about yesterday, is that there is a cutout on the case for an LED flash. This is confirmed by the drawing which shows the flash under the camera. The inclusion of the flash would be a first for the iPad..

We should see the Apple iPad Pro mini Apple iPad Air 3 unveiled as soon as the middle of next month when Apple holds a rumored media event. Also believed to be introduced at the event is the 4-inch Apple iPhone 5se, and a refreshed version of the Apple Watch.

Claiming to show the Apple iPad Air 3, this drawing reveals the design and dimensions of the new flagship slate

Claiming to show the Apple iPad Air 3, this drawing reveals the design and dimensions of the new flagship slate


source: Engadget

37 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:58 3

1. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Interesting. Assuming this gets Apple Pencil support and 4gigs of ram yada yada blablabla the it will also outsell the Surface Pro, just like the iPad Pro did, since more people are not into a 13" screen tablet.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:14 1

3. nctx77 (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


True! Th Pro was never built to overtake sale of the original though. It's the the plus of the tablet world. The 10 inch slate will be the dominate model.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:20 1

5. vincelongman (Posts: 4424; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Do we have sales figures for the Surface Pro vs the iPad Pro?

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:22

7. nctx77 (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


It was announced on Macrumors that the iPad Pro outsold the Surface Pro today.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 19:13 2

30. vincelongman (Posts: 4424; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Those aren't official numbers from either Apple or Microsoft

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:49 1

35. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


No way it did. You seriously trust a site like Macrumors with accurate info? Stupid 'tard.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:46

9. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


"Released in November, the iPad Pro sold more than 2 million units in the fourth quarter, while Microsoft sold about 1.6 million Surface devices, most of them being the high-end Surface Pro and not the entry-level Surface 3 device"

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 18:30 2

28. MuddyCow (Posts: 67; Member since: 09 Oct 2014)


From the same study, they estimate 8.1 million detachables sales, that leaves 4.5 million for other brands, and we all know Android is not even competing in this segment (the same study again), so we can safely assume Windows is killing it in this segment and that the Surface is a successful idea and product.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:21 6

6. Cyberchum (Posts: 675; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Toyota outsells Nissan, what's your point?

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:31 3

8. Wiencon (Posts: 1870; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


That it's more popular. What is your point?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:50 1

36. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


OK, let's rephrase it so you'll understand:

Toyota outsells Tesla. Get it now?

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:52 8

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


So you're comparing sales of an oversized toy to a full blown Windows PC?

How do you know it outsold the Surface Pro ? Even better why does it even matter?

They aren't even in the same category. after all they both claim to be "Pro", but only one actually is.

The Surface won't make you spend an extra $100 for a stupid Pencil that doesnt even have an eraser.

The Surface Pro comes with Windows which already is a proven professional level operating system above ANY other.

As far as the sales of the iPad Pro? The last PA article stated iPad sales still were lower and there is nothign to show what the ipad Pro sales actually were.

FACT - Apple NEVER gives sales of any one product by model number. When iPhone and iPad sales are given, it is based on all selling products for the family name. which means? There is no way you can specifically knwo how many iPad Pro's Apple sold.

Just because you "think" they sold more than the Surface Pro 4, doesn't make it true.

Also this -http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsoft-beats-apple-online-tablet-sales - information says for 2015 it was Microsoft that had the upper hand.

So liek I said, just because you "think" something is true, surely doesn't make it true.

Apple expected the iPad Pro to have low sales...it did.
Just like Samsung had low sales of its "Pro" line which was 2 tablets...Tab Pro and Note Pro

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:01 2

14. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


All this jibber jabber lol. At the end of the day, the iPad Pro is still an iPad, with amazing artistry capabilities, as what is designed for - media and art; while the Surface is an overpriced cheaply made laptop, with a touch screen that barely has any apps, and which also has millions of websites and programs (computer) that don't work well with touch, let alone are meant to be used with a finger/stylus.

You're looking at this from the complete opposite angle lol.

By the way, about Samsung.. Overall, Apple was the top tablet vendor for the fourth quarter, with 16.1 million units shipped, although that represented a decline of nearly 25 percent. Apple’s result compared with 9.0 million units shipped by Samsung during the quarter, which was a decline of more than 18 percent. What does this say? We all know the tablet market is sloping.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 18:08 3

25. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Overpriced cheaply made? Is that what Apple is too?
Barely has any apps? Yes. But programs, no. Surface is a revolution ahead of iPad pro. Think of it, it's just an oversized iPod touch with a overrated pencil. Simply, you can do more with Surface.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 18:15

27. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


And the surface as I said is an overpriced piece of plastic compared to the potential you could get for the same cost in a different product (different, better, laptop, to spell it out for you).

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 18:40 2

29. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


If you cant buy it dont talk sheet about it. Jeez, poor people. As if iPad pro is not overpriced,and then you buy separately THE pencil.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 19:25

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


All of those "programs" are bloated legacy programs that don't work well with touch input. What's the use? You can get better tablets with more touch-centric apps for less money and you can get better laptops for less money. I guess getting a half-assed tablet/laptop hybrid that is not good at either must make sense in Bizarro Windows World.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 20:34 2

32. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


I dont see Ms Office apps, Photoshop, Lightroom, AUTOCACDD, Edge and Metro not being touch friendly. Stop comparing iOS apps to lib apps. iPad pro just borrows apps optimised from iPhones. You get blown up resized versions buttons get larger thus illusion of touch opmitized. Can you come up apps designed for the iPad pro? You only get a handful.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 20:53

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


There are more iPad-specific apps (725,00+) than there are Windows apps (Windows and Windows Phone), period, full stop.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 21:18 2

34. mixedfish (Posts: 1177; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Yes, but which ones aren't shovel ware? The last time I relied on a mobile app over a Windows one was never.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:15

22. zeeBomb (Posts: 2093; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Amplifying audio on 4 sides. Very nice.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:05

2. Wiencon (Posts: 1870; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Well, if it's true I might replace my Air after all. With such specs iOS will run smoothly at least for 4 years, heck I don't think it will need replacement anytime at least unless some new cutting edge technology for screen or battery comes

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:15 1

4. nctx77 (Posts: 1959; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


You are on point. I can't see iOS bogging down this much power. My iPad Pro hasn't stuttered once.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:47

10. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


My iPad 2 runs as fast as the day it came out

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:00

13. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


My iPad 2 has slowed down considerably. but still fairly good considering its age.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 15:42

21. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


You're right, I exaggerated. Mine has slowed down, but is still awesomely smooth, considering its age like you said.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 14:25 1

18. Wiencon (Posts: 1870; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Actually I don't believe it, my cousin has iPad 2 and it's much slower than on iOS5/6. My Air runs noticeably slower now than on iOS7, I really regret updating that one. Every Apple's device slows eventually because of Apple's "secret" policy, but if they make Pro/Air3 crippled two years from now that will show obviously how they want to force customers to upgrade.
I love Apple products but it's a fact

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 12:55 1

12. jesus_sheep (Posts: 257; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


Looks like darkjeddi doesn't have to wait for 2 years to get his hands on an ipad pro.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:38

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


Beast

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 13:46

16. cnour (Posts: 745; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Will replace my Air 2 for sure.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 14:18

17. yonith (Posts: 144; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Thicker and wider than the Air 2. No doubt it will be heavier too. This is a deal breaker for me. It's too bad, really, because I would like to upgrade from my iPad Air. Maybe I'll wait for the Mini to get upgraded again and go smaller. I would consider the Nexus tablet if it gets refreshed this year.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 14:59 1

19. skymitch89 (Posts: 1299; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


No longer iPad Air, It'll be known as the iPad Pro Mini.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 15:25 1

20. ullokey (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


Looks like an Xperia to me

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 18:15

26. JunitoNH (Posts: 1775; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Yes, an Xperia longevity.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:18

23. Diezparda (Posts: 871; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


Hmm it'll be good alternative for them who want iPencil.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:52

37. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Yes and then they can walk around with it stuck to their lightning port. What a stupid design.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:20

24. jeroome86 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Well. Looks compelling for sure but just got my Air 2 last year so I will wait. Like this better then the Surface line. If I want a pc I will just use my desktop. Probably get me a good Android tablet later if they make a 16x9 with latest specs. Looks like Samsung moving away from that size.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories