New speculation concerning the Apple iPad Air 3 has emerged recently, with a report claiming the tablet will make its debut within the first half of 2016. However, it might not come with the brand’s much-touted 3D Touch feature.
Apple’s iPad Air series last saw an addition all the way back in October 2014. The fresh rumors regarding the iPad Air 3 come courtesy of reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who issued a research note containing his predictions for the device. His forecast of an early 2016 launch is in line with earlier leaks which suggested the brand is planning to host an event in March.
As we reported, the occasion could see the launch of the 4-inch iPhone 6C and the next generation of the Apple Watch. While the company usually unveils new products in the fall, it broke with this tradition in March 2015 when it outed the new 12-inch MacBook, the 1st Watch and the ResearchKit iPhone framework.
As per MacRumors, Kuo thinks 3D Touch won’t be present in the iPad Air because of production problems in Apple’s supply chain. He also believes the highly-anticipated iPhone 7’s 3D Touch will have a similar technology and structure compared with the iPhone 6S. The report further confirms it will arrive in 2016, approximately around the manufacturer’s regular September timeframe.
Another device which may see the light of day in 2016 is the Apple MacBook Air. The laptop series has been stagnant for a while, but may see a new 15-inch model added to its lineup come June. It’s supposed to be slimmer and ship with better components like a more efficient battery, cooling units and chassis.