Apple iPad Air 3

With the iPad Air 2 we said that Apple had taken the perfect tablet and somehow made it even better. So where does it go from there? Well, hopefully do the same thing again.

We’re not expecting a quantum leap with the iPad Air 3, but some things are bound to change. The processor will obviously get a boost for one and for better or worse it’s entirely possible that it will get even slimmer and lighter than the iPad Air 2.

Then there are things we’d like to see, but are less likely, such as 32GB becoming the smallest size. For now we don’t have much to go on, but with an October announcement likely we expect to hear more rumors over the coming months.

News and rumors

There are some things about the iPad Air 3 which we can be fairly confident about. For one thing it’s bound to run iOS 9, as that should be available by the time it launches.

It’s also sure to get a newer, faster processor. The iPad Air 2 has an A8X chip, so we’d expect either an A9 or A9X processor for the iPad Air 3.

The A9 is first likely to land in the iPhone 7 and it’s rumored to be 15% smaller, 20% more powerful and 35% more power efficient than the A8, so that’s the minimum we’re likely to see, but if the iPad Air 3 uses an A9X processor it should be better still.