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Apple made the iPad bigger, but how will it make the iPad better?
The rumours were right, and the big-screened iPad Pro made its debut in November alongside the iPad mini 4. So what’s next for Apple’s tablet? The next model due for an upgrade is the iPad Air, which we’re expecting to see updated in early 2016. According to Chinese tech site MyDrivers, the Air 3 will retain the familiar look of the iPad Air 2, but the screen’s resolution will be 2334x3112 pixels. The site also claims the Air 3 will have an A9 or A9X processor, a slimmer, water- and dust-resistant case, and suggests either 2GB or 4GB of RAM and an 8MP camera. There’s already an 8MP sensor in the iPad mini 4, and its 2GB of RAM makes us think the Air 3 will get 4GB to help differentiate it from its smaller sibling. We’re hopeful that the 16GB storage option will be replaced with a more sensible 32GB too.
Don’t expect USB-C or a bigger battery: Apple’s likely to stick with Lightning for some time to come. As long as the iPad delivers the fabled all-day battery life, Apple doesn’t seem too keen on improving that. Recall that the iPad Air 2 had a smaller battery than its predecessor; its more efficient processor delivered the same battery life in a thinner device. Apple certainly likes making things thinner.
There’s one thing missing from the current and imminent iPad range, and that’s 3D Touch: the iPad Pro doesn’t have it, the iPad mini 4 doesn’t have it and the Air 3 is unlikely to get it. We think that’s coming in the generation after this one, possibly with Apple Pencil support too.
An updated iPad Air should arrive in early 2016 and it’s rumoured to include a higher res display.