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Apple iPad Air 3 Release Date; A9 Processor, NFC, Pricing and Possible Sales Drop?

April 16
4:49 AM 2015

A KGI Securities analyst figured Apple iPad 3 and the rest of the succeeding iPads may experience gloomy sales this year and in the near future. Still, that should not in any way diminish the flames of excitement burning in millions of Apple fans longing for a much improved iPad for the year 2015.

History-wise, Apple iPad Air 3 launching should fall by October this year - assuming the Cupertino-based tech giant follow its usual timetable for tablet launching.

To note, all of the iPad Air 3 predecessors fell on an October introduction: the first gen iPad Air 1 was released October 2013 while its immediate successor, the iPad Air 2 followed suit by October of 2014.

However,  though not directly opposing the notion of an October launching, the Inquisitr placed emphasis on the iPad 3 running on iOS 9, an operating system that may not be available until the second half of the year.

Before we touch into the iPad Air 3 specs that are highly considered to make the next iPad the best iteration so far, let us look into a fearless forecast for the Apple tablet.

As mentioned, a KGI Securities analyst who goes by the name Ming Chi-Kuo detailed in a report in 9to5Mac that iPad sales will take a dive by 2015 by as much as 30%, and the year thereafter.

He called it the "steepest decline" for iPad sales. Even with the introduction of a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, KGI believes that will not "contribute meaningfully to shipments momentum anytime soon."

Nevertheless, here are some of the features that should make the Apple's iPad Air 3 a most desirable product.

Foremost among these is the introduction of the A9 microprocessor.

That should be something to look forward to given the fact that no Apple device is carrying the powerful chip set yet.

Just imagine how big a difference a 4GB RAM will give. It will be a deal-breaker compared to the iPad Air 2's limited capacity.

Further, the iPad Air 3 will reportedly carry a 13MP rear camera giving every tablet in the market a run for their money - most especially true for photography fanatics.

However, you may not see a thinner iPad Air 3 as a lighter iPad than the current model may sacrifice durability and resistance.

And this time, NFC could be a standard feature of the iPad Air 3, perhaps to facilitate Apple Pay, but more importantly, it will give better way for iPhone and iPads and the rest of the Apple devices family to communicate.

For those who fear a more pricey offering, this time around the iPad Air 3 may "cost pretty much what the iPad 2 cost when it launched" predicts Macworld.

It seems an epic battle is in the offing with Samsung tablets and Microsoft's Surface Pro in the line.

Keeping the excitement growing, Apple is still mum about iPad 3 and its launching, still what we hear should be welcome news for every iPad Air 3 hopeful out there.

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