Apple could delay iPad Air 3 release until 2017

By Peter Chubb - Aug 15, 2016

Apple kept us waiting for a new iPad Air last year, and there is a small chance that we might not see the release of the iPad Air this year either. The reason for this is a recent news report suggesting that there could be three new iPads in 2017, and those are the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model and a low-cost 9.7-inch model, which must mean the Air?

The reason people assume this is because there has been a distinct lack of iPad Air third generation rumors, and therefore we do have to question if Apple are binding their time for its release? The thing is, we have seen a pattern emerge that iPad owners are not upgrading each year like they do with a phone, and so are making their tablets last two, maybe three years.

If this is actually the case, then it does make sense for Apple to release the iPad on a two-year cycle, but not three, as this is what would happen if they wait another year before the release of the iPad Air 3rd-gen.

Apple could delay iPad Air 3 release

However, speculation still continues about Apple actually retiring the iPad Air because of the 9.7″ iPad Model that was released earlier this year, although with rumors circulating that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro could replace the slightly smaller version, it does add a lot more confusion to the ongoing debate.

Personally, we feel that Apple will finally release the third-gen iPad Air in either October or November, as making people wait any longer for the cheaper model would be a bad move for them. As for doing away with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and replacing it with a 10.5-inch model, we do find that hard to believe.

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