Apple iPad Air 3 Specs, Features, Release Date: New iOS 9 Device to Hit Early 2016?

By Staff Writer

Sep 28, 2015 03:07 AM EDT

Apple hasn't confirmed the iPad Air 3 yet, but rumors have been circulating that the new iOS device will be launched in early 2016.

The Cupertino-based tech giant recently released the large iPad Pro earlier in September. However, there are already reports that an iPad Air 3 is already in the works despite the lack of official announcements.

Possible Specs

Since there are no official news from Apple yet, the iPad Air 3 specs in numerous reports are based on speculations and other rumors. Still, the new iOS device would be an improvement over its predecessors.


The iPad Air 3 would most likely use a modified version of Apple's new A9 chip. It could be a quad-core processor with greater power due to the larger screen, according to Expert Reviews.

Apple might use Samsung's 14nm process for manufacturing the chip as the previous A8X processors relied on the 20nm process. It's more efficient, but there has been no confirmation yet.

Operating System

Seeing as the iOS 9 also launched very recently, the iPad Air 3 might also take advantage of the new and updated software. It could run iOS 9 out of the box without the need to update it from iOS 8.

RAM and Storage

The iPad Air 3 is rumored to have 3GB of RAM or even 4GB because Apple recently introduced 64-bit support for its devices. Some Android devices do have a 64-bit processor but only have 2 or 3GBs of RAM.

The internal storage is quite generous at 128GB, Tech Gadget Central reported. Users will be able to download more songs and videos through iTunes, but some can just stream them through Apple Music.

There could be other models as well such as a 16GB, 32GB or even a 64GB model. However, most users today would prefer the higher-end models. If Apple does release a low-end iPad Air 3, it could be with a lower storage capacity.

Display and Camera

Most of the rumors point out that the new tablet from Apple may sport at least a 9.7-inch Retina dspaly screen. It might even have a pixel resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels with a pixel density of 401 ppi, according to Latinos Post.

For selfie and photography lovers, the iPad Air 3 is rumored to have an 8-megapixel iSight rear camera. On the front, it might have a 2.1-megapixel snapper.

Meanwhile, for those who are asking how much would the new iOS device would cost; there have been no solid facts or evidences regarding the pricing yet, but it could cost at least $600 considering that new iPads cost as much.

Apple fans may have to wait until the iPhone maker does make an announcement regarding the iPad Air 3. The rumored release date in 2016 is still several months away and there could still be newer developments.

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