iPad iPad Air 3 imminent $399 at Staples, BestBuy, Target

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TheRealAlex, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    Community Wide Red Alert

    At first I thought it was just one retailer Apple is no doubt drying up the supply chain, and helping clear retailer on hand stock (so they can order more iPad Air 3's) if they have not already. Apple is clearly staggering their retail partners and when they drop to $399 a $100 discount. typically done, a few months before a new iPad is announced.


    Probably a new iPad Air 3 to be the high light of the event. Which will be Holiday 2016 Focused with new iPods (for gifts) and Beats Headphones which every kid coast to coast will be drooling for.

    iPad Air 3 (Specs I hope)
    New Name iPad Air Pro
    A9X CPU
    DDR4 RAM (uses less power)
    USB Type C Port (faster charging)
    3D Force Touch
    Better Speakers

    Apple will not add Stylus Apple pencil support it will keep that iPad Pro Exclusive for "Pros" artists etc
  2. mdridwan47, Sep 15, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2015

    mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
  3. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    I'm dismayed though by the assertion that the battery may shrink, yet again. C'mon Apple?!
  4. TheRealAlex thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    If the iPad Air 3 LACKS an A9X CPU or 3D Force Touch Apple can really go "F" themselves I will be beyond pissed.
    thats all I care about.

    As far as the Battery Shrinking That actually makes me Happy because in a way it confirms DDR4 memory which uses less power and a smaller battery making room for the Haptic Feedback Engine which causes 3D Force Touch same as the 6s which had to shrink its battery.
  5. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    The claim of a 4K resolution is rather specious. If I plug in 3840 x 2160 @ 9.7" in a PPI calculator I get 454 PPI, which is completely off the claimed 401 PPI. If it really does fit a 4K video @ 4:3, it's probably going to double the dimensions of the current retina spec 2048 x 1536, which makes it 4096 x 3072 or 527 PPI. That's a really high pixel density...
  6. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    How many red alerts for OP now? Three that I know of.
  7. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
  8. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
    You need to put these "community wide red alerts" in the titles so more people will notice.
  9. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Apple had better take care of the chassis and screen vibration problem or I'm OUT. It's a dead horse but I'm going to keep beating it. If they do handle, I am so IN.
  10. trekkie604 macrumors 68000


    Feb 25, 2008
    Vancouver, Canada
    Set condition Red. Aye, captain!

  11. Kal-037 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    There is always a Kernel of truth in every story, albeit it may be a small one like (Air 3 exists, but maybe not until 2016.) lol
    But I'm still okay with seeing how this plays, or doesn't play out in the next month. :)

  12. Eckscaliber macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2012
    I think the Air 3 will arrive this November, or around March 2016. I'm still very happy with my Air, and I will keep it until I upgrade to the Air 3. I would love to see the Air 3 have the same rounded design as the iPhone 6, and have a higher screen resolution.
  13. Kal-037 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    I want an Air 3 that doesn't change the design as it is the perfect balance of weight, thinness, and power, I also really like the Smart Covers. I would love the Air 3 to be able to continue to use them. I also think having it designed like the iPhone 6 will make it harder to pick up and hold, it's already super thin and hard to hold, lol.
  14. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    If it were going to arrive at the same time as the iPad Pro I would think they would have at least added a line mentioning its existence, like the iPad mini 4....
  15. terminator-jq macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2012
    Launching a new iPad Air right now might steal sales from the iPad Pro. However, I definitely think a new iPad Air is on the way. I think Apple will announce it at their usual March event along with updated Mac hardware and a new Apple Watch (which hopefully has a thinner design, better battery life and cheaper starting price). The iPad Pro with its large size and large price will no doubt appeal to a smaller audience than the standard iPad and iPad mini but Apple should still give it a few months on the market before introducing another product which may lower its potential sales (just like the original iPad mini killed the sales of the iPad 4).

    When Apple does release the iPad Air 3 (or iPad 7 or maybe they'll just call it iPad) I'd almost be willing to bet that it will be a smaller and slightly scaled back version of the iPad Pro. So in other words, it should have:

    1. Apple Pencil Support (This is a big deal. Opening up the Apple Pencil to more hardware will increase sales and recuperate development cost). Wouldn't it be nice if the iPad Air 3 actually came with an Apple Pencil instead of it being sold separately?

    2. A9 chip. I think they will keep the A9X exclusive to the the Pro model.

    3. 2-3GB of RAM. Again, I think they will save the top specs like 4GB of RAM for the iPad Pro.

    4. Very Important: Kill off the 16GB models and replace them with 32GB.

    5. Possibly 3D touch
  16. vanzantapple macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2010
    There is NO WAY that Apple will put 4GB of RAM in the iPA3.
    I very much doubt the 4K screen.
    A new iPad this year? nope.
    Before July next year??? That's a bigger question.

    If a new iPad Air came out today I'd be happy to be wrong.
  17. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    I think march/april seems more likely if they don't wait till next october
  18. TheRealAlex thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015

    I highly doubt an iPad Air 3 this year for 2 Reasons But you have some good points

    What happens to the iPad Air 2? they can't just sell it at $399 thats the price of the Mini 4
    and secondly, What is there to upgrade Its got the best display I have seen, and its the fastest tablet I've used.

    Ok so what if they do make an iPad Air 3 ? My guess is No Pencil/Stylus Support that will be iPad Pro Exclusive

    #1. A9X CPU (A9 chips are for Phone models)
    #2. DDR4 RAM uses less power a no brainer
    #3. USB Type C port (high doubt it)
    #4. 3D Force Touch Haptic Feedback, Peek and Pop are a bif part of iOS 9 going forward if its missing 3D Force Touch its Obsolete the day it launches.
    #5. Base Model is 32GB at $499
    #6. Probably Thinner using 7000 series Aluminum

    They Will Sell More than EVER in their History, But Apple Pencil support, they will keep that 100% on the iPad Pro if not you can just get a iPad Air 3 and get work done.

    Also might get renamed iPad Air Pro
  19. addictzz macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    If u would just say iPad Air 3 will have its CPU updated to A9 and chassis vibration gone later on this October, I might just believe your story.
  20. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    Why on earth would they put better specs in this than the new pro?
  21. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2007
    They use DRAM, it's better. Also, no 3D Touch if not on iPad Pro.
  22. Mivo macrumors regular


    Jan 23, 2015
    Probably like everything else he posts: Trolling.

    Going to see if this new forum has an ignore option that works.

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