Case for Apple iPad Air 3 surfaces revealing cutouts for quad-speakers and Smart Connector

Case for Apple iPad Air 3 surfaces revealing cutouts for quad-speakers and Smart Connector
In March, Apple will reportedly hold a media event during which it is expected to introduce the 4-inch Apple iPhone 5se, and a refreshed Apple Watch. The timepiece could come with Face Time capabilities. Another device that could see the light of day during the media event would be the tech titan's next flagship tablet, the Apple iPad Air 3.

Despite the fact that Apple has yet to make the slate official, a case for the tablet has been spotted on the website of Chinese online retailer Alibaba. Examining it reveals that similar to the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, the iPad Air 3 will offer four speakers, one near each corner of the slab. The case also features a cutout for the magnetic-powered "Smart Connector." Also borrowed from the iPad Pro, the Smart Connector will allow the iPad Air 3 user to connect his slate to the Smart Keyboard accessory. Another cutout is made for the LED flash that will appear next to the rear camera on the tablet. And there is a cutout for a 3.5mm earphone jack in the upper left corner. As you probably know by now, the Apple iPhone 7 is expected to come to market without the earphone jack.

The iPad Air 3 will most likely carry a 9.7-inch screen, feature 4GB of RAM, and come with the Apple A9X SoC under the hood. That is the same chip that powers the iPad Pro. We also could see the iPad Air 3 support the Apple Pencil.

With less than two full months of Apple iPad Pro sales included in the company's fiscal first quarter, the company reported that tablet sales had declined 25% year-over-year. Can a fully loaded Apple iPad Air 3 jump start Apple's tablet business? We won't know the answer to that question for months. It all starts when Apple first makes the tablet official in March.

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1. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Bring it on. This with note 6 will be a perfect combination

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I hope Air 4 will come next year, I don't think it is now the point to replace my Air but after 3 years it might be good idea

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

So basically, the iPad Pro was useless all along. Shocker.

6. Unordinary unregistered

Pretty sure 99% of all tablets are "useless" if you purchase the one that you want.

8. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Tell that to the surface pro. Wouldn't replace this 'tablet' anytime soon

10. Unordinary unregistered

I did. The keyboard was ass.

12. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And trackpad.

13. Unordinary unregistered

Great product though excluding this one problem I had with it. It'd be amazing and actually what people claim it to be if they worked on improving basically half of its purpose (trackpad +keyboard) lol. The trackpad was horrendous. It wore down within two months of use. Plus, if I throw down over $1000 I expect to have a quality product, not some plastic/felt.

18. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Wow, really? My mom loves her SP3 to death.

20. Unordinary unregistered

And that's great. People are allowed to love a product they enjoy. I liked the SP also. I just though that for $1000 I was wasting my money on a poor laptop, because that's what it practically is. A touch screen laptop. Great product! Don't get me wrong. Just not for me.

21. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I've been using the SP4 for about a month and its absolutely the best product I've invested in to date. I dunno what you mean by the trackpad being ass but its the best on a windows laptop just yet (unless you think no windows laptop has a worthy trackpad) and the keyboard has awesome travel distance for its small size. I wouldn't recommend this product to everyone but I'd certainly recommend it to students that take digital notes. This thing + OneNote = student heaven.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Can we have an iPad Mini Pro? I prefer the Mini size, but want an under clocked A9X and the Apple Pencil

14. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

No good sir it better ship with an A10, 3D Touch and Apple Pencil w/ eraser support.

5. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Apple lost direction after Steve Job, same thing diffirent size.

7. guest

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

The only way to revive sales is iPad with x86 core m triple boot iOS, OS X Windows 10. People who like apple software but need Windows would buy the iPad before the surface pro or any other cheap Windows 10 tablet. Why spend $1k on surface and $500 on iPad when you can spend $1200 and get iPad that runs full Windows and OS X! Apple captures more revenue and block surface sales. Apple should hire me.

9. Paella

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

troll confirmed

17. guest

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Uh ok as someone who has owned every iPad except the 3rd and air 2 I am a troll as I type this from my iPad mini? Sure kid. I am about to ditch the iPad altogether since the Windows tablets offer much better utility. If Apple made the iPad I described above I would pay $1k plus to buy it along with the keyboard. As it stands now I just sold my air lte leaving me with he mini 2. Waiting for th update to Broxton before I upgrade to surface 4 which should happen later on this year.

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Although temping I will hang on to my Air 2 for now. 4 gigs of ram sounds pretty good.

15. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

The IPad pro isn't useless! Yes Tim Cook gets a bad apple for calling it pro but once folks stop being butt hurt about that you realize that except for battery life it's the best iPad made to date. Yes the Air 3 will probably cannibalize pro sales but I hope it gets a second generation. Even though the best thing for iPad pro is to get OS X level pro apps.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I just think the iPad Pro is over price otherwise i will buy one.

19. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

If the iPad Pro ran OS X all along, no one would be complaining. Hell, I would congratulate Apple for seeing the light.

22. guest

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

It does deserve the pro label more like iPad xl nothing pro about it.

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