The apparent death of the original iPad size got little to no publicity as the dawn of a new “Pro” era seized all the spotlight, leaving a glimmer of attention to the latest 7.9-inch soldier, which is essentially a compressed version of last year’s iPad Air 2.
But perhaps 9.7-inch iPads aren’t extinct yet, and maybe recent gossip of no October Apple event will prove inaccurate. As long as there’s hope, you shouldn’t give up dreaming about an even lighter, slimmer and sharper Air, possibly due for a formal introduction alongside a 21.5-inch 4K iMac next month.
A fairly suspicious source from China tells us an early 2016 rollout isn’t out of the question either, with an impressive slew of upgrades prepped, headlined by a massive screen pixel bump to, get this, 3,112 x 2,334.
That odd number would allow the iPad Air 3 to retain the iconic 4:3 aspect ratio while leaping to 401 pixel density, a whopping 140 or so ppi points north of the Air 2. Mind you, that’s awfully close to Ultra HD or 4K territory, and it’d put the iPad Pro to shame as well, what with its “modest” 265 ppi display.
When did Apple get so concerned about major spec enhancements and ferocious spec wars? Well, the profit margin-focused company isn’t typically interested in such things, which is why it’s even more surprising to hear the iPad Air 3 could pack anywhere between 2 and 4GB RAM.
Meanwhile, 8 and 2.1MP camera sensors, 16, 64 and 128GB storage configurations, as well as A9X chip adoption sound much more like Cupertino’s M.O. But water and dust protection don’t, and we seriously doubt the iPad Air 3 could realistically measure 5mm thin, and still keep the lights on for a satisfying amount of time with an ultra-high-res screen in tow.