iPad Air 3 to launch in March with some major upgrades

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Apple may be granting the upcoming iPad Air 3 a major uplift in terms of specs if a new report turns out to be accurate. The popular tablet lineup hasn’t seen a new addition since October 2014, with the brand choosing to focus on the iPad Mini and Pro instead.

The long delay for the iPad Air 3 has raised expectations for it sky-high. Apple is reportedly looking to meet them by blessing the device with a 4K resolution screen. This could prove to be a game-changer for the tablet, since most premium offerings offer up to a 2K panel. It’s supposedly coming out in March 2016, with production set to begin from the second quarter of the year.

Anonymous Taiwan-based supply chain makers claim the Apple product is carrying a 9.7-inch display. It might even pack up to 4GB of RAM and feature a better battery life than previous models. General Interface Solution is supposedly manufacturing touch panels, backlighting products and LCD modules, while TPK Holding will only be in charge of touch panels.

The sources further reaffirm earlier reports which had stated that the brand would not be incorporating 3D Touch for the iPad Air 3. However, they expect a slight rise in demand for touchscreens equipped with the feature within the first half of 2016. They also assert that Apple is confident of a market for the new device despite slowing sales in the tablet market and more competition.

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This self-assurance stems from its belief that it still has a dedicated base of customers who want to upgrade their iPad. According to 9to5Mac, the upcoming gadget might sport a flash unit on its back surface and extra speakers to bring its sound levels on-par with the iPad Pro. The brand may even add support for the Apple Pencil.

The Apple iPad Air 3 is apparently going to be outed at an event alongside the iPhone 5se and next-generation Apple Watch. We’ll keep you posted as and when all 3 are made official.