Come March 2016, consumers might be able to buy an updated version of the Apple iPad, an updated Macbook Air, a better version of the Apple Watch and an iPhone with a 4-inch display. According to several reports, the Cupertino based company is readying an update for these devices in the near future.
First, looking at the major update to the popular Apple iPad Air, likely to be christened the Apple iPad Air 3, the device is expected to be powered by Apple’s newest A9X processors. Features like 3D display, enhanced battery life and better screen resolution can be expected when the new Apple iPad model is launched in a few months.
According to Christian Today, the new Apple iPad is expected to retain its standard screen size of 9.7 inches. The display resolution could however be bumped to 3840 by 2160 pixels, compared to the existing resolution of 2048 x 1536 on the existing Apple iPad. This means the new iPad would have a higher resolution than the display on the Apple iPad Pro, which boasts of a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels. Other expected features on the upgraded Apple iPad Air 3 include the option to buy the device with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Another area where consumers might see a major improvement would be the camera department where the new iPad might see the arrival of a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel Facetime camera. The existing front camera on the Apple iPad is just 1.2 megapixels. It remains unclear whether features like 3D touch, based on a taptic engine, could be implemented on the Apple iPad Air 3.
The source for the current speculations related to the release of the Apple iPad Air 3 come from a report from Ming-Chi Kuo, an industry analyst from KGI Securities who, in December 2015, said that Apple could be planning an event where it will bring new products like the aforementioned Apple iPad Air 3 and an updated version of the MacBook Air.
Another product that has recently appeared in the speculations mill, a new 4-inch display iPhone model that Apple is reportedly readying for launch, also in March 2016. Likely to be called the Apple iPhone 6C, this device is for Apple fans who do not fancy the larger-sized display on the existing iPhone models.
Apple is also likely to give a mild refresh to its Apple Watch lineup. However, analysts have warned not to expect too much of an upgrade on this front. According to a TechCrunch report, there is chance that the new Apple Watch 2 could could come with a FaceTime video camera. This was revealed by Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin, who told TechCrunch the following.
“We are observing some interesting new patterns in Apple’s supply chain that are making the waters more murky than before. As with the current edition of the Apple Watch, no one really saw that coming via supply chain so it is possible to not see it. However, the Apple supplier warnings of soft revenue ahead do seem to cause one’s eyebrow to raise when thinking about a new product supposedly shipping in a few months.”
Meanwhile, another report by ABI Research has said that Apple would require a huge marketing campaign in order to keep the sales of the Apple iPad lineup consistent.
“The global installed base of branded tablets will peak around 373 million units at the close of 2015. Led by North America at 48% of the installed base, the operating system mix is expected to be more balanced with 50% powered by Android, while 42% will use iOS.”
Would you be interested in buying the new Apple iPad Air 3 when it makes its possible debut in March?
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