iPad Air 3 ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Woodcrest64, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    Just wondering what your thoughts are on what the specs would be and a likely release for the iPad Air 3 would be.

    The other option is Apple discontinues the iPad Air line and reduces the price of the Pro 9.7 when the 2nd generation is released.
  2. ShaunAFC3 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2016
    Umm the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro IS the "Air 3" the difference is they just changed the names from Air To Pro because the word "Pro" sounds so so much more appealing and attention grabbing to people and will be more of a money earner to Apple then the word "Air" just like they changed the names from the iPad 4 to the iPad "Air" couple years ago!

    So there won't be a iPad "Air" 3 as it IS the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, basically just think of the new 9.7 Pro is the "Air 3"!!
  3. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    I find this topic interesting regardless. What do others think the iPad Air 3 could possibly be, given that the iPad Pro 9.7" has essentially the exact same form factor, screen size and ergonomics as the iPad Air 2?
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Cheaper sans pencil support?

    Unlikely. Apple doesn't do cheaper anything.
  5. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    I think the Air moniker has had its time, expect the mini and pro lines to continue but not the Air, so no iPad Air 3. I think you will see the Macbook Air disappear too and be replaced with new Macbook Pro's which are much thinner and the budget Macbook range will be based around the 12" model.
  6. BitSlap macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2016
    With such a small gap between the performance and specs of the Air Pro 9.7 and the Air 2, Apple didn't leave any room for an Air 3 to exist without being better than the Pro (which wouldn't make sense). My guess is we won't be seeing an Air 3 until they upgrade the Pro again.
  7. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2010
    The Air 3 will come out just after the iPad 5; you know, the successor to the iPad 4. Apple took some time off to work on the Air line, but we're due for the iPad 5 any time now.
  8. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Very slim chance that one will be released but if there is, I expect $499 starting price with A9X but without the nicer cameras, TrueTone, Apple Pencil and Smart Connector, and only 2 speakers instead of 4. Possibly only 16GB entry level storage, too.
  9. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    I suppose a lower starting price might be a compelling enough feature who just want to bump up their iPad 2. So it's a minor iPad Air 2 refresh with just a faster processor.


    One thing I know for sure, I'm not going to buy that as an enthusiast. And I'm pretty sure it won't convince anyone with an iPad Air 2 to upgrade.
  10. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

    Sep 2, 2015
    New iPad Air 3
    A9 CPU
    2GB DDR4 RAM
    True Tone Display
    Quad Speakers
    Same body and everything as iPad Pro (to save money on parts)
    Camera same as 6s
    No Apple Pencil support
    No smart Connector
    32GB $499 next year it gets dropped to $399 and iPad Pro 9.7 then 2 years old hits $499

    Causes everyone to just Buy the iPad Pro for $100 More
  11. kaydot macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2011
    My guess is they do what they did when they kept the iPad 2 around forever. Air 2 is the new "perpetual iPad" on the backburner for price sensitive 9.7 buyers. The Air2 price stays the same for the next two or three releases. As someone already mentioned, Pro is the new Air. Nice new high price point with big margins. If sales aren't high enough, maybe they drop the price a little bit. But my guess is that the next 9.7 model is the "New iPad Pro 9.7"
  12. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    To be accurate, Apple didn't exactly keep the iPad 2 around forever. It's just the first iPad to receive such long-term support (granted, it's possible that may be due to business and education contracts).

    Spring 2012
    iPad 3: $499
    iPad 2: $399

    Fall 2012
    iPad 4: $499
    iPad 2: $399

    Fall 2013
    iPad Air: $499
    iPad 4: $399

    Fall 2014
    iPad Air 2: $499
    iPad Air: $399

    Spring 2016
    iPad Pro 9.7: $599
    iPad Air 2: $399
  13. BitSlap macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2016
    lol you just described the iPad pro 6.7
  14. RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012
    Couldn't be happier to have purchased the all new 9.7" iPad Pro, the most powerful 9.7" iPad that Apple has manufactured to date - to have purchased anything else would have been taking a giant leap backwards.
  15. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2012
    Well, in terms of most powerful, that is the 12.9 Pro, but back to the point of the thread, there won't be an Air 3, there is no room for one.
  16. BenTrovato macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2012
    I agree with this.. makes sense.
  17. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2012
    Got it, thanks.
  18. nj-morris macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2014
    I think that later this year we'll see a new iPad, maybe with a few extra bits and pieces, but without things like pencil and smart connector, in 9.7 and 7.9-inch size points. Will probably just be called 'iPad' without any extra names.

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