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
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

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37 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

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.

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Those aren't official numbers from either Apple or Microsoft

35. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

9. Unordinary unregistered

"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"

28. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 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.

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1016; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Toyota outsells Nissan, what's your point?

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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

36. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

OK, let's rephrase it so you'll understand: Toyota outsells Tesla. Get it now?

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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

14. Unordinary unregistered

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. Appleā€™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.

25. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

27. Unordinary unregistered

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).

29. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

31. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

32. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

33. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

34. mixedfish

Posts: 1545; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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

22. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Amplifying audio on 4 sides. Very nice.

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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

10. Unordinary unregistered

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

13. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

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

21. Unordinary unregistered

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

18. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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

12. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

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

15. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Beast

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Will replace my Air 2 for sure.

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