A leaked sketch of the purported iPad Air 3 suggests that the upcoming tablet may have four speakers and an LED flash with the rear camera.
Apple launched and released the sixth-generation iPad Air 2 in October 2014. Tablet enthusiasts hoped that the company will unveil the successor of the 9.7-inch tablet in September 2015, but they were left disappointed as the company did not announce the iPad Air 3; Apple unveiled the brand new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the iPad Mini 4 instead.
Rumors have been surfacing that although Apple did not launch the iPad Air 3 in September last year, the company is planning to launch the tablet in March this year along with the iPhone 6c, the successor of the iPhone 5c.
French publication Nowhereelse.fr has leaked an image of the iPad Air 3, which suggests that the tablet will include four speakers: two at both the top corners and another two at both the bottom sides of the tablet.
iPads are often used for listening to music and watching videos. Increasing the number of speakers will enhance the voice quality and bring new music and voice listening experience to iPad fans.
The leaked drawing of the iPad Air 3 also suggests that the tablet will include a rear LED flash, which will let users take quality images even in low-light conditions where flash may be required. None of the existing iPads include a LED flash, and its inclusion in the iPad Air 3 means Apple wants to attract more customers who take images with their tablets.
Nowhereelse.fr noted that the source of the leaked image is not highly reliable. However, a few previous leaks by the same sources have also been true.
Previous rumors suggest that Apple may include the A9X processor – the same used in the iPad Pro – in the iPad Air 3. The tablet may include RAM in the range of 2 GB to 4 GB. The tablet is also believed to be dust and water resistant.
For the first time, Apple used the variable refresh rate technology that preserves power when static images are on the screen in the iPad Pro. With the rumored launch of the newest iPad Air, the company may include the same feature, which will enhance the tablet’s battery life.
Apple is yet to reveal the specs and launch date of the iPad Air 3, which means that Apple fans will have to wait slightly long to find exact features of the tablet.