Alleged 'iPad Air 3' schematic reaffirms Smart Connector, rear camera flash

Posted:
in iPad edited February 2016
Yet another schematic claiming to show off the design of Apple's anticipated "iPad Air 3" again includes a Smart Connector, rear camera LED flash, and four-speaker array.


Via Engadget.


The latest images were provided to Engadget by what it called a "reliable source." They show a 9.7-inch iPad with largely the same design as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with the lone exception being the addition of a rear camera flash.

Included dimensions indicate that the so-called "iPad Air 3" will be 0.05 millimeters thicker and 0.1 millimeters wider than the current iPad Air 2.

The details from the latest leak are identical to design illustrations supposedly for a next-generation iPad Air that leaked online last month. And on Sunday, a third-party case surfaced online again showing space for a Smart Connector, four speakers, and rear camera flash.

Aside from those changes, the design looks largely unchanged from the iPad Air 2, which itself is very similar to the iPad Pro. That includes a headphone jack and lock button up top, volume buttons on the right side, and a camera on the back.

Still unknown is whether the next-generation iPad Air will support the Apple Pencil. The $100 stylus accessory is currently only compatible with the iPad Pro, which sports a special display designed in tandem with the Apple Pencil.

Apple is widely expected to introduce an "iPad Air 3" in the first half of 2016, likely at a forthcoming March event where the company is also rumored to showcase a new 4-inch iPhone and more Apple Watch styles and bands. The company is also expected to introduce new MacBooks in the first half of the year, sporting Intel's latest-generation "Skylake" processors.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 9
    This should've been folded into the first post about the Smart Connector. Certainly not worthy of another nearly identical thread.
    1983
  • Reply 2 of 9
    nhughesnhughes Posts: 767editor
    This should've been folded into the first post about the Smart Connector. Certainly not worthy of another nearly identical thread.
    That story is a day old and this is a new, different leak.
    nolamacguy
  • Reply 3 of 9
    "Thicker and wider." (For her pleasure) ;)
    1983
  • Reply 4 of 9
    Mr_GreyMr_Grey Posts: 118member
    AppleInsider said: ... Included dimensions indicate that the so-called "iPad Air 3" will be 0.05 millimeters (sic) thicker and 0.1 millimeters
     (sic) wider than the current iPad Air 2. ...

    Yet another reason to drop the silly "Air" moniker.  
  • Reply 5 of 9
    Mr_GreyMr_Grey Posts: 118member

    nhughes said:
    This should've been folded into the first post about the Smart Connector. Certainly not worthy of another nearly identical thread.
    That story is a day old and this is a new, different leak.
    Not really.  This is a story based on the Engadget story which was a copy of the 9to5Mac story yesterday evening which was based on the first version of this story from AppleInsider yesterday morning.  It's really all the same story.  The schematic came out last week and had three or four stories of it's own in the self-same manner, but now it's been included in these stories.  
    SpamSandwich
  • Reply 6 of 9
    19831983 Posts: 1,224member
    Mr_Grey said:

    nhughes said:
    That story is a day old and this is a new, different leak.
    Not really.  This is a story based on the Engadget story which was a copy of the 9to5Mac story yesterday evening which was based on the first version of this story from AppleInsider yesterday morning.  It's really all the same story.  The schematic came out last week and had three or four stories of it's own in the self-same manner, but now it's been included in these stories.  
    Write 'Story' a few more time won't you :)
    JanNL
  • Reply 7 of 9
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member

    Mr_Grey said:
    AppleInsider said: ... Included dimensions indicate that the so-called "iPad Air 3" will be 0.05 millimeters (sic) thicker and 0.1 millimeters
     (sic) wider than the current iPad Air 2. ...

    Yet another reason to drop the silly "Air" moniker.   
    Another absolutely brilliant post. A Zig-Zag rolling paper is .05mm thick. Ordinary copy paper is .10mm thick.
    nolamacguy
  • Reply 8 of 9
    nhughesnhughes Posts: 767editor
    Mr_Grey said:

    nhughes said:
    That story is a day old and this is a new, different leak.
    Not really.  This is a story based on the Engadget story which was a copy of the 9to5Mac story yesterday evening which was based on the first version of this story from AppleInsider yesterday morning.  It's really all the same story.  The schematic came out last week and had three or four stories of it's own in the self-same manner, but now it's been included in these stories.  
    Actually, it was a different schematic that came out last week. We also covered that here:

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/01/25/rumor-leaked-ipad-air-3-design-suggests-four-speakers-led-flash

    I will note that comments to the effect of "why is this considered news?" are against our commenting guidelines.

    http://forums.appleinsider.com/discussion/184333/appleinsiders-updated-commenting-guidelines/p1
  • Reply 9 of 9
    That is a drawing, not a schematic. Typically, a schematic shows the functional parts of the design like a processor, memory, power supply.
Sign In or Register to comment.