iPad Air 3 release date likely to launch in first quarter of 2017: what to expect

(Apple)The iPad Air 2 (pictured) was released two years ago. There are speculations now that the iPad 3 might be unveiled in October or in the first quarter of 2017.

Although the iPad Air 3 was expected to be unveiled at the recent Apple Sept. 7 event, the tech giant did not include it in its launch. However, there are speculations that it may be released in March 2017.

The much-talked-about Apple September event shocked the world with its iPhone 7 unveiling. Along with the launching of the tech giant's flagship smartphone was the unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 2 as well. However, there is no single iPad device in the roster, especially the iPad Air 3.

According to reports, the Cupertino-based company is focusing its lenses on the iPhone 7 and new Apple Watch that it has decided to postpone the launching of the upcoming iPad Air to 2017, most likely in March. There are also rumors that Apple may surprise users and introduce it in October or November this year. However, there are speculations that if there will be an iPad announcement on the said dates, it will most likely be for the Pro devices.

As for its specs, there are rumors that the iPad Air 3 will start its storage variants from 64 GB to 128 GB and 256 GB. The increase of base storage is because of the upgraded features under the hood. Apparently, it will be running on an A10 processing chip with the iOS 10. It will also be boasting a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution for its 9.7-inch display screen. It will also have an upgraded fingerprint scanner, perhaps similar to that of the iPhone 7. The iPad Air 3 may also sport speakers that are similar to those in the iPad Pro.

As for its outer look, the tablet may have a 6.1-mm slim design encased in a harder yet lighter aluminum body. The starting price for the iPad Air 3 could be $400 or $599.

More details on the iPad Air 3 may soon be announced.

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