Apple’s iPad Air 3 might come with a 4K display and IP Rating according to rumors

by on September 16, 2015

Stephan Jukic – September 16, 2015

After recently unveiling its Apple iPad Pro with a massive (for a pure tablet) 12.9 inch screen next to a nicely small iPad Mini 4 with 7.9 inch display, rumors coming from a Taiwanese report are circulating which state that Apple will not be releasing an Air version of its renowned tablet.

However, there are also other rumors floating around the web which indicate that the iPad Air 2’s successor is definitely being developed and will come with some very interesting new specs.

Specifically, we’re talking about an Apple iPad Air 3 model that will come with the standard 9.7 inch screen but will now feature an ultra HD pseudo-4K display resolution of 2334 x 3112 pixels. This means a pixels density of roughly 401 ppi for the 9.7 inches of the Air 3’s display and an aspect ratio of 4:3. While this resolution isn’t the kind of true 4K or even 3840 x 2160 pixel 4K ultra HD that’s standardly defined as 4K in the overwhelming majority of UHD laptops, TVs, PC monitors, projectors and now even tablets and smartphones, it’s still much better than the HD resolution of the iPad Air 2 at 1536 x 2048 pixels.

Furthermore, speculated under-the-hood specs for the supposedly upcoming iPad Air 3 include the power of Apple’s latest A9 or A9X chipset (which is indeed powerful enough to firmly handle 4K graphics) and an internal RAM of between 2 and 4GB.

The powerful 4K-capable A9X processing chipset will likely come in the iPad Air 3

The powerful 4K-capable A9X processing chipset will likely come in the iPad Air 3

Unfortunately however, the battery unit on the Air 3 will supposedly be somewhat weaker than the superbly powerful, long lasting 7,340 mAh cell that juices the iPad Air 2 we already have.

Again, all of the above are just speculative rumors courtesy of the website MyDrivers (Google translated page cache from original site) and in any case, we won’t know how true or if at all true they are until later in 2015 or 2016 at the latest.

Nonetheless, since it’s always interesting to speculate about anything Apple-related that includes the possibility of 4K graphics, we can also list off some more interesting tidbits from the same source. These include an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2.1 megapixel front sensor for selfies and video conferencing. Furthermore, the reputed internal storage of the Air 3 from Apple will come in 16 GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.

Finally, according to the same Chinese report, the Apple iPad Air 3 will be about 5mm thick and will also feature and IP rating for high resistance to water and dust. If the IP rating information pans out, it will mean that the Air will be the first device after the Apple Watch to come with such a qualification (unless Apple suddenly releases a surprise device with the same rating in the meantime.

Apple itself has made no official or even informal comments on the validity of these rumors but judging by the company’s slow but sometimes nonetheless surprisingly adventurous climb into 4K display technology, we do see some plausibility here.

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