iPad Air 3 Wish List

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  1. BWhaler macrumors 68020

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    After experimenting with—and returning—the iPad Pro, I've turned to dreaming about the iPad Air 3.

    Here's my wish list, in order of importance:

    1. 3D Touch + iOS and app updates to support the feature and speed workflow
    2. New screen to support Apple Pencil (and more resolution, better color, etc. as a nice-to-have)
    3. Stereo speakers a la iPad Pro
    4. Faster CPU + GPU + Same or better battery life (as always)
    5. Faster TouchID (nice-to-have)
    6. Lighter, thinner (as always)

    I'd be interested in an Apple keyboard for it, but not sure I would buy it. But an Apple pencil, most certainly.

    How about you? What are you hoping for?
     
  2. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Not asking for Apple pencil support, but the palm rejection that the pro has would be nice.
     
  3. bufffilm Suspended

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    1 fix the speaker vibrating issue
    2 extend the battery life to 12 hrs

    I don't have a lot of asks.

    Why do people ask for yet a thinner and lighter ipad? Silly if you ask me.
     
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Not that interested anymore as my IPP has pretty well replaced my Air 2. I likely would not even purchase a Air 3 anymore.
     
  5. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    3D Touch is something I love on my 6S plus so it's one feature I think is needed on air 3
     
  6. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    Same here. My ipad Air is relegated to kid and family duties, browsing and reading books. The demands on the ipad to perform are now much lower since the ipp took over as the "serious" device. The Air will now have a significantly longer life than it might have done previously.
     
  7. terminator-jq macrumors regular

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    After owning mini models for the past few years, I think I am finally ready to step up to something bigger. I finally got my hands on an iPad Pro at my local Apple store and I loved it but it was waaaaay too big. Not to mention IMO the price was just too much for an oversized iOS device (if it ran a modified version of iOS that was more capable it would be another story).

    Dream list for iPad Air 3:

    1. Apple Pencil support! (After using it in the Apple Store, I am more than convinced. I'd much rather have Apple Pencil support than 3D touch).

    2. A9x processor (perhaps a little less powerful than the one in the iPad Pro).

    3. Keep the same screen resolution but bump the screen's color gamut up to DCI-P3 (same color gamut that you see in movie theaters).

    4. Make 32gb the entry model (or lower the 16g price to $399).

    Essentially, I think the iPad Air 3 (or maybe they'll just go back to calling it just iPad) should be a smaller and cheaper iPad Pro. Hopefully it launches soon.
     
  8. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I want 3D Touch, Apple Pencil support, 12 hour battery, no more than 10% heavier, no more speaker vibration issue.

    I don't think that's much to ask for after 2 years.

    Bonus points for an iPhone 6 like design with curved glass edges.
     
  9. FallenLegend macrumors member

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  10. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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    I'll be real and expect minimal improvements. It'll get the A9 or A9x, upgraded Touch ID and maybe 3D Touch, better unnecessary camera, maybe a better screen.. Generally speaking it will have to be an upgrade from the Air 2 obviously but I think Apple will keep it well away from the Pro.
     
  11. FallenLegend macrumors member

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    "Real" doesn't mean "worst case scenario".

     
  12. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    - Better battery life
    - 4GB RAM and A9X
    - physical mute switch would be great but not feeling that
    - iOS 10 with much better tablet optimisations
     
  13. mdridwan47, Nov 23, 2015
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    mdridwan47 macrumors 6502

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    iPad Pro style four speaker won't happen. Because it'll take up space. I'd like two front facing speakers. That's more useful that fancy four speakers.
     
  14. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    1. Apple Pencil Support.
    2. 32GB Minimum storage.
    3. iOS 10 and devs to take advantage of the hardware.
     
  15. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502

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    Nobody cares about thinness except Apple. By the time you put it into a case the thinness doesn't matter.
     
  16. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

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    Which is why you should not put it into a case.
     
  17. oldmacs, Nov 23, 2015
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    Thinness is less important than a cracked screen for me :D
     
  18. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502

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    Some people won't. Some will. It's always a good idea to put it in a case.
     
  19. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Do people think apple gives air 3 pencil support? I can't as what advantage would it be having the pro over the air apart from screen size?
     
  20. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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    Think about it.. what motivation does apple have to give the Air 3 pencil support when that requires more time and money to make in exchange for a 100$ pencil when they could just not bother and have people buy the much more expensive iPP and $100 pencil. It's an all in or all out business move.
    On a more positive side I suppose, if Apple did put Pencil compatible screens on the Air 3 then it's almost guaranteed that everyone who has an iPad would finally be willing to upgrade from their older "good enough" models even Air 2 users would probably justify the upgrade.
    I personally lean more towards the entire Pro concept, that the Pencil will be an exclusively iPad Pro tool and I'm ok with that.
     
  21. iGeek2014 macrumors 68000

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    I'd like to see 3D Touch.

    Had a look at the iPad Pro in my local Premium Reseller today and whilst it's a nice device (but something I've no need for) the temptation to "Peek and Pop" without being unable to so felt strange!
     
  22. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    Faster TouchID, 32 GB base storage and Apple Pencil support are really the only things I want to see. I think Pencil support is unlikely at the moment, they're most likely going to give us 3D Touch this year and both 3D Touch and Pencil support the year after when they figure out a way to combine both in a single screen.
     
  23. sracer macrumors 603

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    I do. A greater install base will give greater incentives to update apps to support the Pencil. Apple cares about making a sale. An air 3 + Pencil is better than just an air 3 sale. People who prefer the air form factor are not going to move up to the Pro just for the Pencil.
     
  24. MacAgnostic macrumors regular

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    The iPad Air already has two stereo speakers, just not front facing; they are lacking in a few fundamental ways:
    1. The speakers are too close together to provide adequate stereo imaging.
    2. Sound is always mono on left or right in landscape (movie) orientation (arguably, the orientation where stereo imaging is most important).
    3. Resonance and vibration issues.
    4. Volume suffers from speaker vent design.

    I don't expect Apple to ever make front-facing speaker vents, but I have noticed significant volume improvements from recent speaker vent designs.

    Either add a single speaker to the top so that stereo sound may also be realized in landscape (movie) orientation,
    Or include just two iPad Pro style speakers, one on top and one on bottom for stereo only in landscape orientation.
     
  25. MacAgnostic, Nov 23, 2015
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    Some iPhone 6s plus specs:
    3D Touch
    7000 series aluminum
    Strongest cover glass
    2nd-generation Touch ID
    LTE Advanced and Faster Wi-Fi
    Retina Flash

    Stereo audio for landscape orientation
     

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