iPad Air 3 2017 Release Date, News & Update: A10 Processor, Pencil Compatibility, Sleeker Design

By Miah Spencer , Updated Oct 10, 2016 06:00 AM EDT

The iPad Air 3 is expected to be revealed in the next Apple event, which might be on March 2017. There had been no mention of new iPad products during the September 2016 event, so the next generation of Apple's tablets will most likely be released next year.

The iPad Air 3 is expected to have a sleeker design though there are also reports claiming that there will no changes in the physical appearance of the upcoming device. Many techies are convinced that the third generation iPad Air will be thinner than its predecessor, which only has a thickness of 6.1mm. The tech giant can always find ways to make it look thinner. The Rose Gold color variant might be added the original Gray, Silver and Gold options, as per PC Advisor.

In terms of hardware upgrades, the iPad Air 3 will most likely add unique features to make it stand out from the rest of the iPad lines of Apple. The device might sport the A10 SoC which is already in the newly released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It is dubbed as the fastest mobile system today. If the tech giant uses the said processor in the iPad Air 3, it will become a very powerful portable device.

Another rumored feature of the forthcoming device is the addition of Smart connector for Smart keyboard. Many are also requesting for Apple Pencil compatibility in iPad Air 3. Just like the iPad Mini 5, the 7000 series aluminium is said to be used for the chassis of the device.

While reports about the iPad Air 3's features and specification are going around, there are also theories that Apple will soon end the iPad Air product line since less people are buying tablets due to the improving qualities of smartphones. According to Macworld, Apple might focus on its iPad Mini and iPad Pro lines.

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