New rumor claims that Apple will not release an iPad Air 3 this year

New rumor claims that Apple will not release an iPad Air 3 this year
According to a new report from Taiwanese publication Digitimes, there won't be an Apple iPad Air 3 this year. 

Before diving into the details, it should be mentioned that. although the publication has been right on multiple occasions in the past when reporting on upcoming smartphones and tablets, it is far from a perfect track record. As such, make sure to digest this info with a hefty dose of skepticism.

Contrary to recent reports that argued that the upcoming Apple iPad mini 4 will come with significantly improved internal specs, Digitimes claims that the fourth-generation compact iPad will only bring small upgrades compared to Apple's iPad mini 3. Given that the iPad mini 3 was basically identical to its predecessor except for the addition of a Touch ID fingerprint reader, this wouldn't spell good news for those with an eye for compact tablets.

The report makes no mention of the often rumored, productivity-oriented Apple iPad Pro. In the past few months, multiple sources suggested the 12.9-inch iPad that Apple appears to have been working on since early 2014 will finally make a debut this year, but Digitimes made no comment on the large iPad form factor in its new report.

The report then moves on to claim that, faced with slowing demand for tablets, contract manufacturers are now starting to look for orders centered around other applications, such as smartphones, wearables, and automotive devices. It looks like the rise of the phablet translated into a major decline for the tablet, and, at the moment, there's no sign of the situation reversing anytime soon.

Although Apple has historically unveiled new iPads in October, some reports claim that the company will unveil its new iPad generation right along the iPhone 6S series on September 9th. With less than a month to go until the day arrives, it won't be long before we can put these rumors to the test.

source: Digitimes

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36 Comments

1. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

If they don't, then oh well. My Air 2 will be enough to last for a while, but I'm sure Apple will release a new one this year.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep! I got rid of my mini 2, and bought an Air 2 strictly for iOS 9 multitasking. I'm set for the next 2-3 years with it. Now it's all about what they do with the iPhone 6s/Plus. Do they jerk us, or mega jerk us?

3. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Hopefully, they give the 6S Plus multitasking features that will compete with the Note 5.

5. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Multitasking is good to a certain point on a 5.5" device. It's much better on a larger screen. Thats why I ditched my Note 4 for a S6 (which has the same multitasking) and got a iPad Air 2. Occasionally I use the S6 2 apps at once feature but nothing beats the experience on a large display.

7. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Why get an Ipad, you could have gotten one of many Windows Tablets instead(which is more capable then the Ipad as full windows can run any program you can possibly need(or an equivalent), provided you have good enough hardware)?

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Maybe he wanted an iPad, did you consider that? I use iPads cause I want to, it's called choice.

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Right, but why choose something that's more expensive and can do less?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Again, maybe he wanted an iPad, it's called choice. Stop basing his purchase on your thought patterns, and simply respect that not everyone wants what you want, or thinks like you.

29. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

So asking a why politely is also considered as bashing? Really can't understand that....

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Did I say bashing or basing? Read correctly, before running off at the mouth. Two different words, two different meanings.

33. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I was asking him not you. I was curious as to why, which is I asked HIM. You don't need to be so pretentious.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

owned.

34. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I got a spro3 and a iPad, I just use the iPad for net crap like typing this crap and for paying games (as they all run best) and use my spro3 for anything normal like work and so on, the iPad is junk for that and can jot see this changing with the pro iPad, apart from if they make big changes to the os On a small note windows 10 as made it way close to iPad easy to use type setup for my spro3 so if it had all the apps like Apple it be the best by a big way

30. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

For me I will still choose iPad/Android tablet over Windows tablet, as to me even though Windows tablet can done more technically, but Windows is just too "heavy" compare to iOS and Android, you need a really decent hardware to run Windows smoothly,and Windows is still works best in desktop mode. So in real life, Windows tablet often much heavier than iPad/Android tablet. It also takes longer times to boot up as Windows is "heavier" in term of OS size/features. And the touch screen experience still not good to me compare to iOS/Android. What I want from a tablet is convenience and lightweight device for me to do simple/casual stuff like browsing, light gaming, checking social stuff and etc. So to me Windows just a bit too overwhelming/heavy for this purpose. Perhaps it's because of after years of using Windows in desktop mode and doing a lot of heavy stuff on Windows causing a preconception to me.

36. A.J.Ever66

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Choice or Social Status?

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's gonna be the deal breaker for me bro. If it gets it, that means 2 gigs of RAM, and I'll buy it. Regardless of the specs though, no multitasking, no buy. The 6 plus is the last underpowered, 1 gig of obsolete RAM device I buy. The one I have now, I'll keep incase Apple screws us, but I'm getting an Android flagship next week. Apple better impress me on the 9th, or I'm good on them for a couple years.

8. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

What do you think about both Note 5 & Edge plus darkk? i'm not feeling too much surprise compared to when S6 introduced this year. There is incremental upgrade but 4 gigs of ram isn't a must instead they had to optimize the usage of 3 gigs ram (which i think was plenty), no more aggresive ram management issue & doesn't have to reload everything leaving so much memory useless... I'll wait for proper review of actual product before i make my decission. I think 64gb S6 would be good enough.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I actually like the devices, other than the omission of the IR blaster. I think both are decent steps forward in certain areas, but also steps back. I feel Samung could've given them expandable storage, or 128 gig options. I'm really interested in the reviews as well, but I love to do my own, and soon as they're in store I will. The processors and RAM, make them future proof, but the lack of storage combined with 4K vid recording, means babysitting the storage. Overall, they're worth the purchase in my opinion.

16. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Yes they should add expandable storage since rumoured Android M will support SD card, the OS will adopt an SD card inserted into a device and treat it like internal storage, and allow users to install apps on the card. I think the Note 4 are pretty much nailed it, they are a good alternative if in case i'm not buying either Note 5/S6. I surely listen to your impression when you had it.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx, cause I gave my honest thoughts on the Edge when I had it. I still feel it's the all around better purchase. I'm torn between the 3 to be honest. My gut says go back to the Edge, but I gotta see and try the other 2 in person.

10. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Wait for Microsoft to unveil it's flagships before making a decision.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll say this, and I'll be done: When it comes to phones, I rock IPhones and Galaxy's Note/S. That's my decision.

15. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Why's that? You like sub-par software? Joking aside, you should expand your horizon and give other brands a chance.

17. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

I remember the time when my Android device already had bbm while my friend WP have it only a year later.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I like things that work for me, and I have given windows a try. My wife had the HTC 8X, it's actually still in the drawer. It was cool, but not my cup of tea. We all work hard for our money, but I choose to spend mine based solely on what appeals to me. Apple and Samsung are miles ahead in eco system, customer support, app selection and quality, and I'm vested in them both, but way more in Apple. I simply have no need for MS, other than my desktop, my wife's laptop.

24. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The HTC 8x is nothing next to a lumia.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll never know.

22. Teejay1100

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Me 2. iphones, One Plus One, Galaxy line, and soon to be Note 5!!

21. brasstax

Posts: 544; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The iPhone 6s specs: A9 tri-core, 1GB ram, 12mp camera, no OIS, no multitasking The iPhone us plus specs: A9 tri-core, 2GB ram, 12mp camera with OIS, no multitasking Screen size n design for both remain unchanged. No 4 inch iPhone 6c as rumoured. There.. you heard it here first. I don't wanna disclose my source, but this is the real deal.

27. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

That's quite reasonable... Phablet size smartphone is so polular & i think Apple tries to focused on this one. People use smartphone as a daily driver, while tablet is a good addition but not a must have product. Phablet is somewhere between them it has great battery life, better for many purpose & something easily slip inside your pocket. There is no need for 4inch 6c, people will buy 5s at a good price tag. It is still a rumour, i'll take it with a grain of salt but thanks for the info...

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