iPad Air 3 Will Actually Be A 9.7-inch iPad Pro With Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil Support


The iPad Air 3 will be branded as the 'iPad Pro' when it's announced at Apple's rumored March 15 event.

9.7 inch iPad Pro

The iPad Air 3 Will Be Called The 'iPad Pro' When Announced At Apple's March 15 Event

The iPad Air 2 is due for a refresh and reports flying around the Web suggest that the company is going to hold an event on the 15th of March to give its smaller tablet lineup a bump in specs, bringing to the masses a new 9.7-inch iPad Air 3. But according to a newly published report by none other than 9to5Mac, it seems as though the iPad Air 3 will be branded as the 'iPad Pro' and it will have smaller screen dimensions compared to its larger brother at 12.9-inches.

The smaller iPad Pro will have nearly identical features and specifications as the bigger model, bringing along the A9X processor and RAM upgrades from the 12.9-inch model. It will also include the 12.9-inch model’s updated display technology to support the Apple Pencil.

Apple iPad Pro 2

The interesting thing about the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be that it is going to be nearly identical to the larger 12.9-inch offering and will pack in the same hardware as well, bringing the same amount of raw power to those who crave for it but in a smaller form factor. We really hope at this point that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro packs in those four way speakers for insane audio as well.

The report also goes on to suggest that Apple will be simplifying its tablet lineup as it moves into the future, with the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro models being the flagship products, selling along with the iPad mini 4 as well as the iPad Air 2, the latter of which will see a cut in demand from Apple in terms of production, making room for newer products.

The iPad Air 2 is an old product in terms of age, released back in October 2014, but it packs a significant amount of punch in terms of muscle it packs under the hood. But despite all that, all things must meet their fate and need to be replaced with more advanced technology at some point in life, with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro being the ideal replacement for Cupertino's long-standing tablet.

It will also be interesting to see how designers look at the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, after all, it does feature Apple Pencil support for jotting down ideas and creating stuff on the go.

We'll leave that pitch for the Apple marketing team for now though.