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

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  1. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Oh silly Digitizes! You are losing your creativity. You forgot to add that it will also include a feature Cornea that lets you snap two Retina iPad Air 3's together to get 8K?
  2. Andres Cantu, Jan 28, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2016

    Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Time for "The new iPad Air"!

    Then, in October, the "iPad Air with Retina 4K Display" ;)
  3. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    There's no point in a 4K display. You can't see the pixels now either, so why waste both processor horsepower and more importantly battery life for a minimal display improvement?
  4. Roadstar macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2006
    Vantaa, Finland
    Well, a resolution bump at this point would make it just a perfect time for me to upgrade. For after all, my current iPad (the third generation model) was purchased on day 1 with improved resolution, and we all know how well the rest of the hardware could keep up with it. However, if it supports Apple Pencil, I might take the risk anyway. That old iPad 3 is in desperate need to replacement already.
  5. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    ipads need a boost in sales. iPad pro is a niche product for many. If they produce an iPad Air with some really nice features, people will buy it. It's probably the line that is struggling the most, from what was a must have product.
  6. garylapointe macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    "The best camera is the one you have with you". If you're an artist, you'll use a napkin if that's all you have with you.

    The current iPhones have much larger displays than when that artist drew the cover to the New Yorker(?) way back when. Is it preferred, no, but in a pinch.

  7. Schubbiii macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2015
    If this will happen I might upgrade my Air 1. Nevertheless, i doubt that we will see a 4k screen
  8. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Having owned a note 4 in the past, taking notes hand writing works better with a pencil than using ur finger or typing. It's like writing v finger painting :)

    Though I admit I did not use it very often.
  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I highly doubt this, there is no point in having an iPad with 527 pixels per inch.
  10. Canada420 macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2012
    I agree with you. about them giving the new ipad a better screen than a Pro. I can't see it happening. UNless they update the pro at the same time.

    I predict iPAD Air 3 will have

    1. 3GB of RAM
    2. the new A9X at a lower clock
    3. smart connector
    4. pencil support
    5. four speakers
    6. upgraded touch ID
    7. maybe waterproof - that's a big maybe....
    8. maybe no 3.5mm jack - that's also a big maybe....
  11. tpluth macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Carmichael, CA
    Same here. Glad I didn't get an Air 2.
  12. d0minick macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    i just dont understand why apple tv wasnt released with 4k support. they should do a bump upgrade for this. Instead i had to get a roku 4. 4k is really beautiful. really hope SW TFA releases on it later this year.
  13. recoil80 macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2014
    It is too soon to update the Pro.
    I think it will still have the 3.5mm jack, the first product without the jack will be an iPhone and I'm not even sure it will happen this year.
    The smart connector is cool so I'd like to see it in Air 3
  14. DoctorTech macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2014
    Indianapolis, IN
    I agree, I think the use case for an Apple Pencil on even the 6s+ would be limited. I have my 6s+ in an Otterbox case which puts a lip all the way around the screen so realistically I couldn't use a Apple Pencil from edge to edge even if I wanted to. I'm sure there are a few people who would want that feature but I suspect the demand would be pretty low.
  15. vertsix macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2015
    4K at 9.7"?

    If it happens, I'll be very impressed.

    But the iPad Pro doesn't even have a 4K display, so it won't happen.

    But, aside of the resolution, OLED would be more important to implement on iOS devices. They're so much more power efficient and beautiful displays.
  16. Lemon Mac macrumors member

    Jan 20, 2016
    4GB RAM. Well just knock me over with a feather.
  17. oldmacs macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2010
    I'd rather no 4K screen, but I'll take the 4GB of ram and the better battery life :) This could end up being my next iPad. The 4GB of ram would make it last a long time like my iPad 2 has.
  18. tpluth macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2014
    Carmichael, CA
    Giving it a better screen would prime the sales pipeline for the IPP2, so I don't see that being a problem.

    I don't need 7 or 8, (I don't use my iPad on the crapper or in the rain) especially if either directly or indirectly impacts battery life. As long as 1 through 6 are, there plus 3D Touch, I'd be all over this for a 128gb cellular version.
  19. American Hero Suspended

    American Hero

    Jan 25, 2016
    Yes and when this device is shown off at the Keynote in October, we'll also continue to hear how iPhone and iPad sales are rapidly declining.

    Not saying I hate Tim Cook as a person, but hopefully they'll find a more passionate CEO when it comes to tech products. Tim seems clueless about tech and only excels in sales, which are now falling.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 28, 2016 ---
    I don't see how adding a 4K display and adding 2 GB of extra RAM is going to boost sales.

    The average consumer doesn't even understand what 4K is, or what RAM is.

    I think the iPad needs it's own software, rather than sharing it with the iPhone.
  20. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2012
    Swindon, England
    What about the old saying "Twice the technology at half the price every 18 months". Why should Apple wait for a year to roll out 4k to their flagship iPad. If they are ready to go with 4K then why shouldn't they put it out on the Air 3. The Air is a premium product and not a cheap budget item
  21. wood1208 macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2015
    Hope is no strategy but keeps us going in life. So, keep hoping !!
  22. MacBH928 macrumors 68040


    May 17, 2008
    If this is true(4K,4 speakers, Apple Pencil, 4Gb RAM) then why ever release an iPad Pro? just because it has a bigger screen? sounds retarded to me.
  23. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    This is how they save the iPad and stop the plummeting sales. The Apple Pencil is a great drawing experience, but it is limited to a $900 tablet. Make it available on the smaller, more portable $500 version and it will sell like hotcakes to the digital artist community. Also would give a boost to the iPad for students who want a device for taking notes.
  24. MacDarcy macrumors 65816

    Jul 21, 2011
    Yeah, but will you be able to use the Apple Pencil with the iPad Air 3?!!
  25. scott911 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2009
    I wish the thing was a little more substantial - in terms of frame strength.

    For me (and I think I'm reasonably careful with these devised) it's an absolute requirement to slap a protective case on it - I know for experience... :(

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