A recent controversial rumor claims that the upcoming 9.7-inch iPad will support a 4K resolution and its processor will be backed by 4GB of RAM. Currently, the iPad Pro is the most powerful tablet that Apple has released so far, being powered by an Apple A9X Dual-core 2.26 GHz processor which is coupled with 4GB of RAM, and until September we’ll probably see new tablets being released with this type processor. However, the iPad Air 3 is expected to have a longer battery life, according to some supply chain sources.
Apple will announce the iPad Air 3 in March and we’re pretty sure that the company didn’t have time to work on another processor, because usually, the important releases happen in September, when the new iPhone is unveiled. Most likely, the production of the iPad Air 3 will start in the second quarter of this year and there will be two firms that will be in charge with supplying touch panels: TPK Holding and GIS, and the latter will also handle LCD modules and backlighting.
Though, this rumor should be taken with a bit of salt, because Apple doesn’t have the habit to announce a device in advance, before mass production starts, but this happened before, so it’s possible for this to happen again.
The big change, if the rumors will be true, is related to the screen resolution, which will be increased from 1536 x 2048 pixels to 4K, so the iPad Air 3 will have a sharper screen than that of the iPad Pro, which supports a resolution of 2048 by 2732 pixels. However, the screen won’t benefit from the 3D Touch technology, as Apple is focusing on integrating this technology into its iPhones.
The iPad Air 2 came equipped with an Apple A8X chipset that is powered by a triple-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon processor which is paired with 2GB of RAM. The primary camera has a resolution of 8MP and an aperture of f/2.4, while the front camera is 1.2MP and has an aperture of f/2.2. The battery (27.3 Wh) usually lasts around ten hours.