DigiTimes Says iPad Air 3 Will Have 4K Display and Up to 4GB RAM

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Taiwanese touch panel makers General Interface Solution and TPK will share production of a third-generation "4K" iPad Air set to debut in March, according to sources out of the China supply chain (via DigiTimes).

    The same sources claim that in addition to a 4K resolution touch panel, Apple's new 9.7-inch tablet will feature up to 4GB RAM and improved battery life, and is scheduled to enter mass production in the second quarter of 2016.

    The report goes on to state that both display makers expect a slight on-year increase in demand for touch panel products from Apple in the first half of 2016 due to orders of products equipped with 3D Touch. This comes despite previous rumors suggesting the ipad air 3 will not adopt the pressure-sensitive display technology due to the production difficulties involved with scaling it up for a larger display.

    Taiwan-based website DigiTimes has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, but its sources within the upstream supply chain have proven reliable in the past. However, the term "4K" may simply refer to the new iPad Air adopting features included in the iPad Pro, which inherited the oxide thin film transistor from the 5K Retina iMac, along with a UV-based photo alignment technique that ensures uniform color and brightness in the display. It also included a variable refresh rate that preserves battery life by cutting the refresh rate in half whenever there's static content on the screen.

    Based on details from leaked design drawings, the next-generation iPad Air may be set to adopt the iPad Pro's four-speaker design and gain an LED flash next to the rear-facing camera. Other updates that would make sense include a faster A9 or A9X processor, Smart Connector, and improved cameras.

    According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often accurately predicts Apple's plans, the iPad Air 3 will launch in the first half of 2016. Apple is rumored to be planning a media event for March of 2016, which is said to be the event where the iPad Air 3 will launch alongside a new 4-inch iPhone and Apple Watch updates.

    Article Link: DigiTimes Says iPad Air 3 Will Have 4K Display and Up to 4GB RAM
  2. BMcCoy macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    "feature up to 4GB RAM" ?

    so it could have 1GB. Or 2GB. Or 0.32GB.

    The only actual logic in that comment is that it won't contain more than 4GB. Which I think we could all confidently predict! ;-)
  3. sbbrown333 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Upstate SC
    If it supports the Apple Pencil I will definitely be buying this.
  4. JimmyHook macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2015
    This is why I love Apple!!!! Will buy day 1!
  5. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    So the Air is going to get 4K support before the Pro? And the iPad is going to have top of the line display before iPhone? Call me very skeptical.
  6. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Why would the Air have a higher resolution screen than the Pro? Also isnt 4K a 16:9 resolution? How would that play out on the iPad?
  7. benedictm macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2011
    London, uk
    No to the 4k screen. it's an iPad Air with iPad pro features. To be expected. I'm sure both this and next iPhone will support Apple pencil because they want to sell more of them.

    So the iPad border of play now is:

    iPad Pro - first with new features
    iPad Air - gets iPad Pro's features a year later
    iPad Mini - gets iPad Pro's features 2 years later.
  8. Tech198 macrumors G3

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    maybe Apple can't do 4K on where it would have mattered on the larger iPad Pro ? Or perhaps Apple will do it to the Air first, then to the iPad Pro...later on

    although 4K would look better on larger displays, I can't see how good it will look on an smaller size Air.

    I would imagine it would be similar to viewing 4K on a 22' TV set. And i doubt 3D touch will be... Either one or the other to compensate to cost.....
  9. cardfan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2012
    A 4k screen would screw up apps. Hardly anyone updates ipad apps as it is. Apple would've gone that direction with the ipad pro if they had any intention.
  10. recoil80 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2014
    4K display? Better than the iPad pro? There is no way they'll release something better than the Pro at a lower price.
    I think it will have 2GB of RAM and the new A9X at a lower clock, so slightly slower than the pro maybe with the pencil support
  11. 1Zach1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    Cool, improved battery, 4GB RAM and hopefully a smart keyboard are what would be most appealing to me. I've never really seen the need for an iPad, but the idea is growing on me now so I'm hoping the Air3 comes out soon.
  12. Blujelly macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2012
    South East England
    If I owned a IPP and the new iPad Air 3 did actually come with a 4K I'd be extremely annoyed, the IPP should effectively take course of new updates and the rest of the iPad's then follows suit.
  13. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Is this and the other rumour about the speakers are true, I'll be buying it on day one.
  14. iSteve-O macrumors regular


    Oct 2, 2011
    "Please let there be 16GB model....Please let there be a 16GB model."

    - Says no one
  15. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Yes this makes sense. For me the question mark is if Apple is able to bring 3D Touch to larger screens. I believe there was a rumor they were having engineering challenges getting it to work on iPad displays.
  16. EsbenJohnson macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2015
    Would absolutely LOVE a 4K display on the iPad Air!
  17. appledefenceforce macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2015
  18. cactus_in_uw_gat macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2015
    At this pace we are going to have more ram than storage in the future (16 Gb, I'm looking at you!)
  19. garylapointe macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    It'll need the extra RAM to handle that 4k display.

  20. Aluminum213 macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    All that means nothing without Apple Pencil support

    It will take an year for iPad apps to catch up to support that resolution
    iPad Air 2 2GM RAM is plenty fast enough as nothing really taxes it
    I highly doubt there is improves battery life with a 4k screen
  21. magicschoolbus macrumors regular


    May 27, 2014
    i actually believe this to be true. Apple is very conservative on new models (iPad pro), the iPad is an established product on the market and apple knows they have to spice it up to get people interested again.
  22. BvizioN macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Manchester, UK
    Out of curiosity, why would someone want a pencil on the iPhone? I do understand that pencil is useful for certain things like drawing but how many people who buy iPhone's are artists or graphic designers? These who are, more then likely would settle for the iPad pro or some other tablets with pencil.

    I still have not come across any thing I can not do using just the finger on the touchscreen! I wouldn't pay even a fiver for the Apple pencil if I have no use for it.
  23. Tech198 macrumors G3

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    let the truth be told, Apple always annoys users...

    Notice the iPad pro had the 4 speakers and now its coming to the small ipad's... Probably not a blow-away feature, but if Apple can do that to speakers, then move then onto others, why can't they do the same with displays ?

    I mean the 13' Mac has Retina display, once never thought possible. Who would want Reina on a *smaller* display,, A 15' makes more sense... But we got it.
  24. garylapointe macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    So you're saying it's an excellent prediction that is likely to occur, right? :)

  25. Daku93 macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2010
    4k Display AND better battery life (plus the rumors of it having 4 speakers like the Pro)? Either this iPad is going to get thicker than the Air 2 or it is not going to happen.

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