Solid Apple fans might be delighted to know that the iPad is gearing up for another comeback. This time around, the iPad Air 3 will reportedly come fitted with a spectacular 4K display, 4 GB of RAM and a humongous battery.
Supply chain sources of Taiwan-based Digitimes claim that Apple tapped vendors General Interface Solution (GIS) and TPK Holding to supply 4K touch panels for the iPad Air 3. GIS is also believed to handle backlighting and LCD modules.
Apart from its stunning display, what makes a lot of fans drool over the iPad Air 3 are upgrades from its predecessors, such as “improved battery life” and “up to 4 GB of RAM.”
Citing its supply chain makers, the report also says that “Apple believes that despite a decline in the tablet market and increased global competition, it still has a dedicated customer base who are looking to upgrade to thin iPads."
On top of that, the 9.7-inch tablet is reportedly going to kick off in the second quarter of this year.
The source added that upgrading the tablet to a 4K display would give the Air model a “sharper resolution” when compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (which presently comes packed with 2,048 x 2,732 pixels).
Digitimes’ report further suggests that the new Air won't arrive built with a 3D Touch technology, corroborating with an earlier rumor saying that Apple is not yet bringing the technology to iPads.
Apple Insider, however, notes that the rumors are sketchy as Apple hardly ever announces a product prior to the start of the mass production.
"This practice has traditionally been reserved for major new product lines, like the iPhone or the Apple Watch," it says.
At this stage, details about the new iPad Air are still unconfirmed. However, an earlier rumor indicates that the iPad Air 3 could perfectly work with the Apple Pencil, the stylus Apple launched in the past year.
We’ll keep you posted on any updates about the iPad Air 3. For now, let’s file this story under the rumor category.