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

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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25 Comments

1. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 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...

2. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

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

22. Brewski

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

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

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

10. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

15. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 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)

21. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 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?

24. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

It still won't stop iPad sales from plummeting

13. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

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

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

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

6. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 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?

7. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

IT'S JUST SMALL IMPROVEMENT

8. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well done, want a cookie?

9. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

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

14. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

17. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I think s7 is a bit more than that

11. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

16. yonith

Posts: 226; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It'll have stupid sales too.

18. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 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 :)

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

23. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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

25. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 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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