Apple has officially announced plans to hold a launch event on March 21 to unveil new products. Apart from a smaller iPhone, the company is expected to uncover a smaller version of the iPad Pro: 9.7-inch iPad Pro or iPad Pro Mini or iPad Air 3, say the rumors. However, even before the launch event on March 21, several images of the iPad Pro Mini case have been leaked.
iPad Air 3 – what to expect?
Steve Hemmerstoffer, who is known for leaking pictures of Apple devices, posted a photo of an iPad Air 3 case with a dummy inside. The images show that the upcoming tablet will be equipped with quad speakers and a Smart Connector to connect a keyboard. The case also features a better cutout for the rear camera at the top corner that probably will support a camera flash.
Speculations are that Apple’s long-awaited tablet will come with specifications identical to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. This is why the rumors are calling it the mini version of the iPad model with a 9.7-inch screen. Also the camera is expected to allow higher quality nighttime shots. The rumored device will probably have an 8MP iSight camera with f/2.4 aperture, auto-focus, burst mode and panorama. The front camera is rumored to be 1.2MP.
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Apple’s iPad Air 3 will probably cost the same as the iPad Air 2. For the 16GB/64GB/128GB storage variants, the prices would be $499/$599/$699. The color scheme could be in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray, but the iPhone maker could add another color, maybe pink.
Apple iPad Air 3 long overdue
iPad fans were expecting the company to release the iPad Air 3 during the launch event in September, but Apple did not make any announcements about a successor model for the iPad Air 2. The rumor mill has since been making claims that the company will reveal the iPad Air 3 at the next launch event.
Apple has announced the upcoming launch event, but there has been no confirmation on if it will be unveiling the rumored iPad Pro Mini. At the event, the company is also expected to unveil a 4-inch edition of iPhone called the iPhone SE and new band options for the Apple Watch. Also the Apple Watch 2 might also get partially introduced at the event before being formally presented in the fall.