Apple iPad Air 3 could come early 2016 with no 3D Touch

Apple iPad Air 3 could come early 2016 with no 3D Touch
Apple iPad Air 3 could come early 2016 with no 3D Touch
Industry insiders claim no pressure sensitive screen for the next iPad Air and that the development of the iPhone 7 is in full swing.

Analytics firm KGI Securities is forecasting the launch of the supposed iPad Air 3 by March 2016. The source is also citing production problems on the model that may be preventing Apple from incorporating 3D Touch onto the tablet in a reliable manner. As a result, the iPad Air 3 may simply carry the usual chassis and hardware updates without any new major features. The current 3D Touch technology is used on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to allow for different functionality and feedback depending on the force of the finger tap from the user. 

Current rumors point to an Apple A9 SoC compared to the tri-core Apple A8X in the iPad Air 2. Other than that, KGI Securities has not made any further predictions on the hardware.

Outside of the iPad series, the source claims that Apple will introduce the iPhone 7 come September 2016. This is unsurprising as Apple typically announces major iPhone releases in the same Q3 to Q4 time frame. The next generation model is expected to push 3D Touch even further by integrating the feature onto more apps and onto the hands of more software developers. Android smartphones have yet to adopt the technology on a grand scale with the Huawei Mate S being one of the first devices.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-12-16 (Update: 2015-12-16)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.