iPad Air 3 Cases to Fit Four Speakers, Rear Flash, and Smart Connector Appear

retep42

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I don't know about that. I have a feeling that the 9.7" will continue to be the iPad flagship. It's the happy medium between the Mini and Pro for most people.
Quite the opposite here. I love my Mini 2 as a go-everywhere device and my ipad pro with pencil as an armchair device. The 'regular' ipad seems like a crutch to me. Too big to fit into pockets, so it is not really mobile if I still need to carry a bag for it. And for sitting down, the pro is perfect size. I don't think I will ever buy the 9.7" for myself. I would appreciate, however, if Apple made the pencil useful on all tablet sizes. Have I ever started hating the stylus on my mini (and no, I am not going back to finger painting!) ...
 
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The phablet will eventually cannibalize the iPad & small tablets in general. This will also help push sales of larger screen tablets.
Sometimes I think that's true as well. One of the biggest downsides of the iPad for me is when there's no "iPad version" of certain apps. Not being able to use instagram or Kik or snapchat on the iPad is a pain. And yet I could use them on a phablet. So that motivates me more to get an iPhone Plus rather than an iPad.
 
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Will this finally turn the fortunes of the iPad around? The iPad is again looking to be interesting. I like the four speakers, I like the extra memory.
 
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But that's kind of like saying I could buy two 32" TV's for the price of one 65" TV... Those are two very different use cases.

The iPad Pro is the best all around iPad/computer I've used yet. It does everything better than the iPad Air and mini (I own both) except in cases where portability is paramount, and it can do most things that Macs/PC's can do. In fact, it can do some things better, and it can even do some things they can't do. With the pencil and smart keyboard, it's the uber device, and I firmly believe that it won't be long before a future iteration of iPad Pro and iOS replaces my Mac/PC.
I also have one but have seen my use decline from its initial purchase. i think its a great device but hope in iOS 10 they add more features that will make it more of a MacBook replacement.
 

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Is anyone really asking for four speakers? That's so weird to me. The iPad is also sized such that stereo speakers make less sense as there is less spatial separation for the sound. I hardly ever use the speakers on my iPad as I just use headphones and keep it muted. I'd rather it have more battery to support faster processing capabilities. Adding a flash just seems superfluous like they're running out of ideas, which they might be. I mean really, the iPad is rather feature complete hardware-wise. The software could use some work to make it better for productivity, and future hardware enhancements will help support that. But otherwise it's rather mature.

Personally I refuse to upgrade unless it supports the Apple Pencil, which I REALLY want. But even then I might wait another year as my iPad Air 2 is still pretty fantastic. That would also give them another year to make a better keyboard for that smart connector. Remember how bad the first-gen iPad case was? I still have mine and the original iPad. It's a flimsy piece of junk that was nearly impossible to remove. Then subsequent cases got better and better. I think the same will be true for these keyboards. I'd just like a "Pro" level machine in a smaller package, even if it costs more. But after trying out the Pro a few times, I must say that I like it more than I thought I would. I'm not sure how practical it would be day-to-day, but that display is amazing. But I don't think I need it, and would rather save the money to get accessories for the iPad Air 3.

The main thing is that iOS on the iPad really needs an overhaul to increase the productive workflow of professional users. If Apple wants to keep iPad sales from faltering, they need to make that software mature. Right now we have all this power—even approaching laptop levels of performance—and yet what can we really do with it? Basic office stuff, some drawing and some light photo/video/music editing. But what about managing an entire project with multiple media pieces that all have to come together?

I could never replace my current workflow for building websites on an iPad as it stands now. And maybe the iPad will never be that device? I have to make sketches, design some mockups to get the general look and feel down, installing WordPress on a server, SSHing into our servers, downloading a framework that I custom modify to suit WordPress in Coda, hop over to LR to edit some of the photos I or a colleague shot for hero images and lead features on different pages and save them optimized for the web, design some icons in Illustrator saved to SVG and have Coda watch the folder and publish changes, have my SCSS compiled automatically by CodeKit and uploaded, switch back and forth from Coda to FireFox, Chrome and Safari for testing—as well as different IE/Edge flavors in VirtualBox, quickly go back and forth from Word and various emails to import new or edited content into WordPress, and the whole time quickly chat back and forth with my team (as well as managing tasks and bugs via Trello), and on top of that have my entire project folder inside Dropbox so each time I make a change I have a 1TB cloud backup that also supports keeping multiple versions that I can easily work on from home if my kid is sick or whatever. I also do a ton of file management keeping everything nice and tidy and organized because that's what you need for a project. I mean, in some ways you can do most of these things on an iPad, but you can't just switch between them easily and manage your project workflow and organization of saving things to a common area. So either Apple has a long way to go, or they need to always keep the Mac around. I would be so lost if they stopped selling Macs!
 

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Is anyone really asking for four speakers? That's so weird to me. The iPad is also sized such that stereo speakers make less sense as there is less spatial separation for the sound. I hardly ever use the speakers on my iPad as I just use headphones and keep it muted. I'd rather it have more battery to support faster processing capabilities. Adding a flash just seems superfluous like they're running out of ideas, which they might be. I mean really, the iPad is rather feature complete hardware-wise. The software could use some work to make it better for productivity, and future hardware enhancements will help support that. But otherwise it's rather mature.

Personally I refuse to upgrade unless it supports the Apple Pencil, which I REALLY want. But even then I might wait another year as my iPad Air 2 is still pretty fantastic. That would also give them another year to make a better keyboard for that smart connector. Remember how bad the first-gen iPad case was? I still have mine and the original iPad. It's a flimsy piece of junk that was nearly impossible to remove. Then subsequent cases got better and better. I think the same will be true for these keyboards. I'd just like a "Pro" level machine in a smaller package, even if it costs more. But after trying out the Pro a few times, I must say that I like it more than I thought I would. I'm not sure how practical it would be day-to-day, but that display is amazing. But I don't think I need it, and would rather save the money to get accessories for the iPad Air 3.

The main thing is that iOS on the iPad really needs an overhaul to increase the productive workflow of professional users. If Apple wants to keep iPad sales from faltering, they need to make that software mature. Right now we have all this power—even approaching laptop levels of performance—and yet what can we really do with it? Basic office stuff, some drawing and some light photo/video/music editing. But what about managing an entire project with multiple media pieces that all have to come together?

I could never replace my current workflow for building websites on an iPad as it stands now. And maybe the iPad will never be that device? I have to make sketches, design some mockups to get the general look and feel down, installing WordPress on a server, SSHing into our servers, downloading a framework that I custom modify to suit WordPress in Coda, hop over to LR to edit some of the photos I or a colleague shot for hero images and lead features on different pages and save them optimized for the web, design some icons in Illustrator saved to SVG and have Coda watch the folder and publish changes, have my SCSS compiled automatically by CodeKit and uploaded, switch back and forth from Coda to FireFox, Chrome and Safari for testing—as well as different IE/Edge flavors in VirtualBox, quickly go back and forth from Word and various emails to import new or edited content into WordPress, and the whole time quickly chat back and forth with my team (as well as managing tasks and bugs via Trello), and on top of that have my entire project folder inside Dropbox so each time I make a change I have a 1TB cloud backup that also supports keeping multiple versions that I can easily work on from home if my kid is sick or whatever. I also do a ton of file management keeping everything nice and tidy and organized because that's what you need for a project. I mean, in some ways you can do most of these things on an iPad, but you can't just switch between them easily and manage your project workflow and organization of saving things to a common area. So either Apple has a long way to go, or they need to always keep the Mac around. I would be so lost if they stopped selling Macs!
The iPad will never be that device anytime soon. I agree it could use some better software and take better advantage of screen size ( some apps on the iPad Pro are laughable). But if you want something with higher end just use a laptop. As far as the 4 speakers thing.......it was pretty obvious this was needed about 3 years ago. You have this amazing multimedia device with these 1....now 2, dinky little speakers..... not all of us want to be wearing headphones all the time.
 

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What makes you think that the Air-3 would be Thinner and Lighter atleast with four speakers on.
Well, since iPads have always gotten either thinner and lighter or stayed about the same with the only exception of iPad 3 (which got thicker and heavier), I thought it's safe to just assume it'll get thinner and lighter again.

However new rumors surfaced today claim the Air 3 will be 0.05mm thicker and 0.1mm wider, so unfortunately it'll be slightly thicker and heavier again. But that's a very small change, so it'll still be about as thin and light as the Air 2, and I'm happy with that.
 

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iPP owner here. There's no way I could go back to an Air now, the screen is just too small. Split view multitasking is so much better on the larger display.
I still find it slightly too big, and I really want to love the thing. I don't know why I can't get myself to buy one yet. How bout just hanging out around the house on the couch etc.. Isn't it a bit large?
 

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[doublepost=1454336177][/doublepost]If iPad Pro is too big and too expensive than you don't care enough about Apple Pencil.
I would like the iPad Air with Apple pencil. The size of iPad and the pencil are two separate things. Besides it's not like the pencil is inside the box of iPad Pro. They can easily make iPad Air compatible with pencil. It's just that they want more money from the people who want pencil. So they make iPad Pro. This is one of their recent greedy habits.
p.s. Apple is not the most valuable company anymore. Just saying.
 

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I would like the iPad Air with Apple pencil. The size of iPad and the pencil are two separate things.
No they're not, you just wished they were.
They can easily make iPad Air compatible with pencil.
No they can't, you just wish they could.
Besides it's not like the pencil is inside the box of iPad Pro. It's just that they want more money from the people who want pencil. So they make iPad Pro. This is one of their recent greedy habits.
Now you're creating a conspiracy theory to support your wishes. And the villain in your story is the very company who created the thing you want to have, but don't want to pay for. Classic!
p.s. Apple is not the most valuable company anymore. Just saying.
They are, Wallstreet is wrong. That's what I'm just saying.

If you think Apple is greedy, try to find the price for a professional Wacom stylus with pressure sensitivity and angle detection. It's going to be very close to Apple Pencil ($100). If you think the iPad Pro is expensive, check out the price for the Surface Pro 4, but don't forget it's got a hybrid tablet/desktop OS. That's why the optional Type Cover ($130) won't be so optional after all. You end up paying more and the quality will be worse.


One of them is greedy to ask for so much money for so much lag.​
 
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I take 2 front facing speakers over 4 speakers shooting the sound away from you.
100% agree
I have the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 4 and I hate having to cup my hand around the speaker grill to really hear it when I'm not using headphones. Last night I was watching CNN in bed late and I cupped my hand like usual and it sounds so much better then took it away and the sound level and ambiance went down. I said to myself how can Apple not have front facing speakers by now? And worse yet have they not done the hand cup to see the volume and clarity are so much better when you hand cup, what does that tell you as a designer? The first thing it tells me is the iPad needs front facing speakers. This is not rocket science.
 

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Nice, another new ipad. That's what, 400 new ipad models in the last year? How about a new skylake macbook pro apple?
 

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I am currently seriously thinking about an iPad pro, and mainly for the wacom like drawing that can be done on it… would you actually regret buying one if they come out with an Air that's pencil compatible? Im trying to decide if I should wait, as there is a chance the new iPad WILL be pencil compatible. Do you not think the size of the Pro is advantageous with drawing and such? I'm interested in opinions as the pro is quite pricey (but cheap compared to a wacom companion) Any help is appreciated :D
I've been wanting an iPad with a stylus since the first gen came out. I don't think I'd regret it. Looking at my mom's iPad Air 2 looks so tiny now in comparison. If they released the Pro and a Pencil compatible Air 3 at the same time, I probably would have with the Air 3 just because the Pro doesn't fit into my camera bag.

But, I do use the Pro almost every day and drawing on it is amazing! You can always buy one at the Apple Store. If it's too big for you, or you're just regretting it in general; they do have a 14 day no questions asked return policy.
 
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So it's basically a small iPad Pro. I wonder if it'll support the Pencil. That'll be one way to make me regret my Pro purchase.
I don't regret buying my iPad Pro, but the longer I own it the less I use it. What it has confirmed is my iPad Air 2 is by far my favorite iPad of the three sizes I have.

Even with big hands I find the IPP too cumbersome. It's not heavy, just a big bulky slab of Aluminium and Glass. Beautiful but bulky, awkward on a plane or a small Starbucks table, it's for a full size desk in order to have room. Very disappointing indeed.
 
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I don't regret buying my iPad Pro, but the longer I own it the less I use it. What it has confirmed is my iPad Air 2 is by far my favorite iPad of the three sizes I have.

Even with big hands I find the IPP too cumbersome. It's not heavy, just a big bulky slab of Aluminium and Glass. Beautiful but bulky, awkward on a plane or a small Starbucks table, it's for a full size desk in order to have room. Very disappointing indeed.
I still use mine quite often, but when I'm out hiking and doing photography and such, the iPad Pro is just a sliver too big for my camera bag. The Surface Pro 3 I had before it, was a snug, but perfect fit. I tried my mom's iPad Air 2 the other day, and it was hard getting used to the smaller size again. I think that might be the better size for me though.

The iPad Pro and my iPhone 6s are the only devices I have right now, no desktop or laptop computers. I find myself using my iPhone for a lot of things that I purchased my iPad for.