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iPad Air 3 tipped for release in the first half of 2016, but without 3D Touch

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iPad Air 3 tipped for release in the first half of 2016, but without 3D Touch
It wasn't much of a surprise when Apple introduced the iPad Pro or the iPad mini 4 along with the new iPhones for this year, but it did leave a question as to when we might expect to see the iPad Air 3, which was not announced. A new prediction from KGI's Ming -Chi Kuo claims the iPad Air 3 will be released in the first half of 2016.

This alone is a conclusion that anyone could get to with an educated guess, but Kuo makes his prediction a bit more interesting by saying that the iPad Air 3 may not feature Apple's new 3D Touch functionality, and it seems to be a production issue. Kuo wrote:

While we think the 3D Touch supply chain produced more to avoid shortages in the early stages, slower end-product demand and improved back-end assembly yield have resulted in the current high inventory. As 1Q16 demand looks to slow on seasonality and competition from other brands’ new models, we believe 3D Touch supply chain capacity utilization is currently lower than peak level of 30%, and that will last through 1Q16.

Kuo did mention that these production issues may only affect the iPad Air 3, and there should not be any issues with getting 3D Touch in the iPhone 7. 

Putting this together with other rumors and Apple's history of releases, it seems reasonable to assume that Apple will at least announce the iPad Air 3 around March and probably at the same time as the rumored 4-inch iPhone 6c and second generation Apple Watch. Apple does like to have devices to release in the spring to balance its year out with the fall release of the new iPhones (not to mention to steal some of the thunder from Samsung's Galaxy S release early in the year.)

source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:07 4

1. Martineverest (Posts: 490; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)

Epic fail looms for iPad

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:07 1

2. bubblechaos (Posts: 114; Member since: 04 May 2015)

should we really expect anything other than a hardware upgrade?

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:33 4

8. Iodine (Posts: 1395; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

Uhm.... A downgrade ?

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 12:11

12. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:12

3. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Pencil support is more important, although 3D Touch would still probably be more useful than it is on the iPhone.

I don't see Pencil coming to the Air though, Apple needs an excuse to sell the Pro.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:21 1

4. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

iPad Pro will have optimized apps coming in the future and it's a more powerful device at the moment. Also, it has quad speakers and multitasking just makes more sense on it. I believe with iOS 10, Apple will utilize the screen size more. As far as pen support on the iPad 3, I can see it. It will only drive up iPad sales. The mini will remain what it is and the Pro will serve a niche market.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:45 1

11. TyrionLannister (unregistered)

The air 3 will be just as powerful, if not more than the iPad pro.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 12:20 1

13. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Optimized how? The same way they did iPhone apps? Just make them bigger?

So let's see. iPhone apps when moved to the ipad and redone, mostly resizing the bitmaps to fit, because "HD" apps. So does that mean apps resized for the iPad Pro will be called "pro" apps?

Resizing an app and making it bigger without changing anything else, is hardly define as "optimized".

A true optimized app will offer not other a re sized set of bitmaps, but additions to make the app better on a larger display. Like dropping so many menus, Having things like split-screen, making icons larger, text larger and more. Not just scaling an image and renaming the app and charging more money which is what most of the iPad apps did.

The pro apps, are going to be the same. The devs will take the iPad HD apps, resize them to Pro and then raise the price a couple dollars and change almost nothing else.

If you want to see apps optimzied fot a tablet, Windows actually offers better options.

From what I have seen of any device based on ARM as far as tablets, the mobile platform is just to limited to go beyond a Professional level of usage.

I am not saying their can't be case by case basis here an app can't be developed for any ARM device and make it usable. I am saying it really isn't work the effort because the platform is hampered by so many limitations. Especially strict hardware compliance which isn't an issue on the desktop.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 13:16 1

17. mike2959 (Posts: 578; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

You talk about optimized Apps? Really? Android has very little App development for tablet at all. I mean it's not even close. Then your bring up Windows? I mean that's a joke. That really was a silly comment. C'mon do a little more research.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 14:00

21. Unordinary (unregistered)

Your comments are so flawed lol. Chris P just rekt you on the fragmentation article. Cant take you seriously anymore.

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 04:15

28. QUINTESSENCE (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Sep 2015)

mini=on the go

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:21

5. Martineverest (Posts: 490; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)

Air with pencil would detail iPad pro

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:21

6. Martineverest (Posts: 490; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)

Air with pencil would derail iPad pro

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 12:22

14. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

No. The fact is, the people who arent going to buy an iPad pro, aren't going to buy it anyways. Those who considered it, yes I think to some degree would rather have an Air with the Pencil. But since it isnt even included with the Pro model and is an accessory is just stupid.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 13:10

15. zunaidahmed (Posts: 1042; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)

Techie, the problem with your comments are is that the world vs Apple. iPad pro can't compare with surface pro in productivity, it can't compare with android in customizability, it can't compare with Samsung with what so ever you want to say, why so much hate towards apple, yes I understand you don't like it, but don't force it on everyone. And this is just not to this article, it's to all your comments, iPhone isn't as good looking as Sony, it can't beat Samsung in benchmark, it's more expensive than Chinese phones, it's screen to bezel are stupid compared to LG, now doesn't this seems weird you are comparing a single entity to everything else. I mean yeah, Apple does suck a lot of the times, but they do have some good products, why don't you just compare iPad pro with pixel C for instance, yes it's more expensive what so ever, but that's also true for surface book when you compare it to the other laptops or MacBooks. Sometimes we just have to look at thing from both sides, not just one. Please don't be so aggressive all the time.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:33

7. Iodine (Posts: 1395; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

I think more than the production issues is that with the current implementation, the addition of 3D touch would add over 70 grams to the device and quite a bit of thickness as well, which is unacceptable.

I would like, lover weight and it has to be much thinner... 6.1 mm feels so 2014, longer battery life could be a nice addition as well.
A9X would be an absolute killer, it's so fast they could happily leave it for two years and still be the fastest, so I don't expect the new Air to match the iPad Pro in terms of performance, they don't need that much perf considering how far ahead they are.
I would like to see a new design too.

On the other hand, a new Air would again leave the iPad mini quite a bit behind.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 13:29 2

19. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

You ask for longer battery life and thinness? That's like asking for a longer running car with a smaller petrol tank.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:38 2

9. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Even ipad air 1 can handle any app in the appstore. This freaking pointless. What's the point of a powerful cpu when you can't even use it?

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 11:41

10. Iodine (Posts: 1395; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

Theoretically, if you don't use it up, a newer SoC will bring you a better battery life for the same task.

But on an iPad, the screen is the biggest power hog anyway.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 13:19 1

18. IOSANDROID (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)

Have you ever thought that the porpuse of a more powerful cpu/gpu is to be future prof; what will happen if you buy a device this year but you can't run apps the will be released the next year, just because the cpu fall short, think about it.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 13:16 2

16. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

3D Touch is useless anyways. All it does is add weight and touch screen delay on my work phone.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 13:43

20. j2001m (Posts: 3005; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

It only adds weight to Samsung does it, I.e. It adds no weight or very limited weight on the s7 and Apple need to see how it's done, as they have no idea how to add it without adding weight, please also note Samsung have been working on This from 2014 and it's not an apple copy, but if Samsung did it 1st it will have just been a and all reviews will have said its not needed and so on like they did for airview

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 14:02 1

22. Unordinary (unregistered)

"We dont care about thinness! Make it heavier and thicker!"

*Cries like a little baby when iPhone becomes a minuscule amount heavier*

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 14:35 1

23. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

A little weight is fine, substantial weight increase with no added benefit is not. That in non isheep circles is called regressing or taking a huge step back in terms isheep might better understand.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 15:15

24. Unordinary (unregistered)

Any reasoning why Samsung will be putting 3D Touch into the flagships? Surely there can't be the sole reason of just because Apple doing so....

Oh wait.

Anyway, you act like its a burden to hold such a "heavy" object. Might want to hit the gym. Keep nit-picking.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 21:47

27. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Money, if it wasn't for you sheep wanting this garbage, Samsung would make much better products without this useless stuff Apple like to hype. Samsung needs a piece of the pie in order to fund their awesome hardware.

Like I said before, weight is fine if it adds something, it's not fine if it adds nothing. Simple concept which has nothing to do the gym or weight being a burden. Extra weight is useless unless the phone is too light and the iPhone 6 wasn't too light.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 15:39

25. iM2.0 (banned) (Posts: 52; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)

The iPad series is still the best range of tablets.

posted on 15 Dec 2015, 19:24

26. hado86 (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

My iPad air is good enough. I'll spend money next year on a laptop

posted on 16 Dec 2015, 20:47

29. jeroome86 (Posts: 2102; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

No problem. Means I own the best the best tablet longer before its out class. The Air 2.

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