With the iPad Pro still in its infancy, and the iPad mini 4 not too far behind, not too many people are asking, “When’s the next iPad going to come?” But the latest reports state that a new 9.7 inch Apple tablet might be announced in mid March this year, along with a few other products. If so, then this will mark the first update to the main iPad line in fourteen months, or six years in Apple time.
As with most Apple products updates, it will have tweaks rather than big changes. For starters, size, aspect ratio, build quality and overall look will most likely be unchanged. What may change is the camera package, having an LED flash added, which means that Apple may be paying more attention to the camera itself. Another rumor points to the new iPad having a 4K display, which, if you remember the Sony Experia Z5 Premium, may be a step into some shaky territory. Interestingly enough, yet not really unexpected, there may be some features loaded on to the Air 3 that are present in the iPad Pro. For starters, Apple seems to like the four speaker layout and may be giving that feature to the Air 3. Also, it may be compatible with the Apple pencil. A boost in processing power and RAM are expected. If the rumor is true, this will be the most RAM in any iOS device, and will put it up to the growing standard: 4 gigabytes. One more thing that may be added onto the new iPad, but not yet mentioned in rumors, is the addition of “3D Touch.” Whether or not we see this feature in the next iPad may give us a clear idea of whether Apple has faith in this feature or not.
It’s tempting to say that whatever happens, people are still going to flock into stores to get the new iPad, but this may not be the case this time. The launch of the iPad Air 3, while a couple of months from now, comes at an awkward time for Apple. The iPad Pro is still new and offers specs that make it what the iPad Air 3 should really be offering. Bringing little more than a size boost, the iPad Pro seems to be an iPad Air 3 in a larger body. If it is launched, that will mean four iPads with relatively identical specs on the market all at once, with little benefits to upgrading to the most recent. Hopefully Apple can bring some major and remarkable changes to their next iPad (it’s unlikely) or this could spell some trouble for the tech giant.