Apple iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 4 details surface in new report, the iPad Pro is in for company

Apple iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 4 details surface in new report, the iPad Pro is in for company
By now, it's no news that iPad sales are dwindling in a shrinking global tablet market. If rumors are to be believed, Apple will try to revitalize its tablet sales by launching a new iPad version this fall, the often rumored and allegedly leaked 12.9-inch iPad Pro/Plus. However, while the new, productivity-centered iPad model has been often discussed in the tech blogosphere, information on the 2015 iPad Air and iPad Mini models was pretty scarce thus far.

This information drought just ended earlier today thanks to a report from Japan. Although we obviously can't take the details mentioned in the report as facts, they might just be able to paint a rough picture of what to expect from the revamped iPad Air and iPad Mini.

Back in October 2014, much to the dismay of some fans, Apple surprised the tech community by announcing the iPad Mini 3, the exact same tablet as the iPad Mini 2 (with Retina), but with the addition of a TouchID fingerprint sensor. At the time, some interpreted Apple's minor Mini 3 upgrade as a hint that the company is backing out of the compact tablet market to make way for its newly-launched phablet iPhone form factor. However, according to this recent report, the iPad Mini 4 (or whatever Apple decides to call it) will be brought up to 2015 standards and will include specs such as a sharper 8MP primary camera, a 6.1mm-thin body, and an display that works better in direct sunlight.

The report also says that Apple will release an updated iPad Air 4 in time for the holiday shopping season, which contradicts a previous report dating back a month ago. Unfortunately, no other details are shared other than the fact that the iPad Air 4 will make use of an updated chipset, likely to be called the Apple A9.

In short, if this report turns out to be accurate, Apple will launch a major iPad Mini update, and only a minor iPad Air refresh, which is the exact opposite situation compared to last year.

source: Makotakara

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14 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Make em good Apple, but please focus more on making iOS 9 a complete 180 from iOS 8 stability wise.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Agreed. iOS 8 should have been far more stable than what it was. They need to really do some under the hood maintenance this time around.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm hoping this new beta testing program works bro. I'm still an Apple first guy Mxy, but they're pissing me off. I want more now for my money, used to dote on the overall user experience, but as an iOS 8 that experience has been utterly unnerving at times. It's time for them to really step it up.

3. bistech

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

this will be the best tablet. now other brand will copyipad pro/plus.

8. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

It looks like Apple is trying to copy the Surface Pro with the Ipad Pro, what have you been smoking?

5. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 452; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

The iPad Mini 3 is the most hilarious thing ever.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's a damn good tablet, just not worth the $100 premium over the 2.

7. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Ipad Pro will not be anything next to the Surface Pro 3, or even the Surface 3. The Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 have already cemented their place in the business community. They are of a more premium build quality than any Apple Product. Additionally, IOS(and OSX(if the Ipad Pro runs that)) has a very poor security record, with more than double the serious security holes at the OS level than Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 combined. Windows 10 will be the most secure version of Windows ever, according to Microsoft. Apple is not consistent with delivering security updates like Microsoft, and Apple often takes a long time to respond to a reported security issue and does not always properly fix the issue(as with the issue that allows for a hacker to completely take control of your MAC running OSX).

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

What are the security issues on OS X? I'm planning on buying a Mac, so far everyone is telling me it's the best choice I have today and security reports confirm that.

13. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

http://www.gfi.com/blog/most-vulnerable-operating-systems-and-applications-in-2014/ Don't buy a mac, if you were to build a PC you can get much better specs out of your money even with the cost of a Windows License added.

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Are you Microsoft salesman?

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

No, I am just aware of how vulnerable OSX actually is. And many users of OSX end up having to run Windows for programs that won't work on their Mac. Whats the point of getting a mac, you are paying a premium price just for that apple symbol and a less secure os, and you end up having to run Windows anyways?

9. jonathanalexander9

Posts: 61; Member since: May 04, 2015

iPad Air 3 or 4 PA?you making me confuse

11. techbuttcheex

Posts: 202; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I wonder how the iPad Pro will be priced, and compare in benchmarks to the 12 inch "MacBook."

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