Updated 02:24 PM EDT, Thu, Oct 21, 2021

iPad Pro & Bigger iPad Air Tablets Set in the Future? iPad Air 3 to Pack A9 Processor [Rumors]

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New reports have surfaced about Apple's rumored tablets.

New iPad mini to Have iPad Air 2's Specs?

A report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara, as translated by Mac Rumors, claimed that the tech giant's fourth generation iPad mini will be a smaller version of the iPad Air 2. Aside from the size, the upcoming iPad mini will also be equipped with the same specs and features as the iPad Air 2.

The iPad Air 2 comes in at 9.7 inches (6.1mm thick) with a 1536 x 2048-pixel resolution, GSM Arena wrote. The tablet is equipped with the Apple A8X chipset and iOS 8.1. For its camera, the device has an 8 MP primary iSight shooter and a 1.2 MP front facing one for taking selfies. It's also armed with a scratch-resistant glass display and oleophobic coating.

iPad mini to be Unveiled Alongside iPad Air 3?

Mac Rumors reported from Mac Otakara that the new iPad mini could be released along with an A9-based iPad Air 3.

Citing Taiwan's Economic Daily News, Mac Rumors noted that Apple will not release a new iPad Air this year, and that the iPad mini 4 could be Apple's "last 7.9-inch tablet as the company focuses on its larger-sized iPad Air and much-rumored 'iPad Pro' in the future." This speculation goes against Mac Otakara's claims.

Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst, recently issued a note to investors indicating that the iPad mini 4 will be a miniature version of the iPad Air 3, Mac Rumors wrote. There weren't any predictions from Kuo regarding the iPad Air 3 and the iPad Pro, but he mentioned the 12.9-inch tablet in the past.

Apple is said to be planning to unveil three new iPad tablets this year: the iPad mini 4, the iPad Air 3, and iPad Pro, the news outlet listed. This could be the company's way of bouncing back after Apple's declining tablet sales.

iPad Air 3, iPad Pro Rumored Specs

According to ipadair3update.com, the iPad Air 3 will come in bearing a 2K resolution with 400ppi. Vine Report claimed that the tablet will have the A9X processor, 3GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, 4G connectivity, and water and dust proofing technology.

Expert Reviews speculated that the iPad Air 3 could be available around October or November, with a $499 price tag.

The iPad Pro, meanwhile, is speculated to come out in November, Christian Today claimed. The tablet is said to run using Apple's upcoming iOS 9, and could come with a 2732 x 2048 pixel resolution and Force Touch capability.

There are also speculations that the iPad Pro will have a USB-C port connection, just like the new MacBook devices, Christian Today added.

Note that these are all rumors for now and Apple is yet to issue an official announcement.

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