Renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, has just published a new research report regarding the upcoming iPad Air 3 and has put to rest all rumors about the incorporation of 3D Touch in the tablet. According to Kuo, Apple will release a bumped up version of the Air 2 at a media event in March 2016.
3D Touch, Apple’s latest nifty feature, is an all new way to interact with the iPhone. The screen has pressure sensors that can sense a deep press allowing for actions that Apple calls Peek and Pop, wherein one can just deep press on an app icon and perform quick actions or take a peek at a link in Safari.
3D Touch is one of the most severe production bottlenecks in iPhone 6s supply chain. Scaling the technology to an even larger screen is troublesome as evident from the fact that Apple didn’t implement it in the iPad Pro.
Coming to the spec bump, pushing the RAM to 3 or 4 gigs would be a nice step for future proofing as 2GB is enough for Split View for now, but only barely in some instances. They could also redesign the chassis to eliminate the speaker vibrations. Also the latest A9X is scheduled to make an appearance along with the improved TouchID.
Merely a small bump in specs won’t be enough to persuade users to upgrade though. I am completely happy with my iPad Air 2 and have no plans on upgrading anytime soon unless Apple offers a compelling reason not to. So are other users. In my opinion, it will serve Apple better to slice the current Air 2 prices, eliminate the original Air from their lineup and wait till October for the Air 3.