iPad will rule the world, prob­a­bly

Ap­ple made the iPad big­ger, but how will it make the iPad bet­ter?

Mac Format - - 2016 -

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.

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