No 3D Touch for iPad Air 3 Due in First Half of 2016, iPhone 7’s 3D Touch Tech Similar to iPhone 6s

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note obtained by MacRumors that predicts the iPad Air 3 will be released in the first half of 2016 and is unlikely to adopt 3D Touch because of production issues within Apple's supply chain.

    Kuo also believes the iPhone 7's pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display will have "similar technology and structure" as the iPhone 6s. The report confirms the iPhone 7 will be released in 2016, likely around Apple's usual September timeframe.


    Apple could unveil the iPad Air 3 at its rumored March 2016 event, where it is expected to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone and the second-generation Apple Watch. Apple last held a March 2015 event to announce the 12-inch Retina MacBook and Apple Watch pricing and release date information.

    Apple often releases new iPads in the fall, but it did not announce the iPad Air 3 at its eventful September 2015 keynote, instead focusing its efforts on introducing the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, Apple TV 4 and Apple Watch Hermès. Apple announced the iPad Air 2 in October 2014.

    Apple introduced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in September with 3D Touch as a headline new feature. The pressure-sensing technology enables iPhone users to perform additional "Peek" and "Pop" gestures to access Quick Action shortcut menus or preview content within apps.

    3D Touch also enables iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users to press the left side of the Home screen to switch to multitasking view, press lightly for finer lines or more deeply for thicker ones in Notes, swipe left or right to delete or mark as unread in Mail while using "Peek," and much more.

    Article Link: No 3D Touch for iPad Air 3 Due in First Half of 2016, iPhone 7's 3D Touch Tech Similar to iPhone 6s
  2. mdridwan47, Dec 15, 2015
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    mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
    Dammit Apple!

    Well, I'll just wait for the iPad Air 4 then. :(
  3. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    My guess is that it will get Pencil support. It only makes sense, Apple would sell a literal ton of $100 pencils if they can work with a $500 iPad Air 3.

    Plus adding Pencil support to the Air means more developers will jump on the iPad train, so in a way it legitimizes the Pro even more.
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
  5. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    Wouldn't want to ruin the sales of the slightly pricier iPad Pro.
  6. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
  7. Jetfire macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Why release the iPad Air 3 then. Why not wait unit next fall.
  8. YouCanCallMeBigDaddy macrumors member


    Jul 22, 2015
    South East Louisana
    iPad Air 3 will need to keep its name so the next one will be called the "iPad Air 3D". That way, people will think its the 3rd one and folks can be confused like they were on the iPhone 3G. People be like "I missed the second iPhone???"
  9. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    I have a hard time believing that they would not incorporate this feature across the board as most apps will eventually implement it and its already in the Mac and their flagship product. I have 3D touch on my 6S and other then switching between apps, I barely use it. Until you can assign the shortcuts within the app that you want in that force touch menu, it will remain a feature that hasn't caught on for me.
  10. jumanji macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2003
    Austin, TX
    don't just release **** for the sake of releasing a new model. wait until you can make it something worth buying.
  11. tubomac, Dec 15, 2015
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    tubomac macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2013
    It's obvious! another Apple marketing decision!
    adopting 3d touch on iPad Air3 would be ******** on iPad Pro new buyers who
    paid big money for just a bigger display.
  12. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
    I feel like 3D Touch could be utilized much more. The best they can do is peek and pop?
  13. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    Err, nope. These predictions come around every year - "new iPhone / iPad first half of 20xx" -

    Never happens.
  14. webbuzz macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2010
  15. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Does this guy ever release a research note that doesn't reference production or supply chain issues?

    It was just announced in September. Maybe wait for WWDC before writing it off?
  16. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I'm going to guess that the way 3D Touch currently works is probably difficult to implement across a large display area with decent accuracy. For instance, I downloaded this game that uses pressure sensitivity and it's definitely more finicky in precision near the edges than at the center of the 6s.

    That being said, it's too bad they can't make it work. I'm not a heavy 3D Touch user, but some of the capabilities would be nice on the iPad. Force Touching on the keyboard to select text is much better than the two-finger solution on the iPad—especially since I often use the iPad in split view and your two fingers have to be on one side or the other to initiate editing.

    I think the iPad Air 3 will get Apple Pencil support. I'd consider upgrading for something like that, but I also kinda hope that Apple also comes out with a Pro model in a 9.7" size. As it stands now they'll probably keep the 2GB of RAM and bump the speed by ~30-40%, as well as upgrade the FaceTime camera. I'm always up for more RAM, especially if I start using my iPad for more advanced creative work, but 2GB right now is still pretty decent. Faster RAM and NAND would help make a difference.
  17. Carmenia83 macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2012
  18. redheeler, Dec 15, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015

    redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Or bring the iPad gesture to iPhone, I'd be fine with that as well. The gestures are one of the things I like the most about my iPad 1 running iOS 5.1.1, and I would say they work even better as a home button substitute than 3D Touch on my iPhone 6s.
  19. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Why does the analyst believe Apple will be releasing a new iPad in the first half of the year? Isn't their usual iPad release time in the second half of the year?
  20. JesperA macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2012
    Most iPads has been announced in around Mars usually. Some has been released in like October or something, but yeah, in the beginning atleast their iPad events was in Mars
  21. mxmgodin macrumors member


    Oct 22, 2014
    Toronto, ON
    If it has Apple Pencil support, that might get me to upgrade my 3rd gen iPad. The iPad Pro is too expensive for me.
  22. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    I hate the way Apple holds lines back to sell their new, more expensive line. If it wasn't for the iPad Pro we'd already have an Air 3 with an A9 and 3D Touch.
  23. Rogifan, Dec 15, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015

    Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    This research note gives us zero indication of what improvements this iPad Air 3 would have over the Air 2. I think it will need more than a spec bump to be worthwhile.

    And you know this how? What if Apple is having difficulty implementing 3D Touch on a much larger display area? I mean its not on the iPad Pro. There's obviously a reason for that. And if people day that's to get you to buy an iPad Pro 2 then you could say that about anything. At some point Apple has to release the technology they're working on, they can't keep it in their labs forever.
  24. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Yeah, that's the announcement, but what about release date? Since the iPad 4, release dates have shifted to the Autumn.
  25. meaning-matters, Dec 15, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015

    meaning-matters macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2013
    Surprize surprize: Next iPhone in September. That's 'confirmed' now.

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