iPad Air 3 may bring even sharper 4K display

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Apple's still leading, but the market for tablets is declining. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
The iPad Air 3 could almost double the resolution of its predecessor.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

The iPad Air 3 may boast a 4K display, as well as up to 4GB of RAM and improved battery life.

Given that the current iPad Air has a resolution of 2048 x 1536, a 4K display would come close to doubling its predecessor’s image quality.

News of a new iPad Air 3 coming in March broke yesterday, although no mention was meant of the display quality — which would be a definite big selling point for the device. The 4K display panels will reportedly be made by General Interface Solution and TPK Holding.

Yesterday’s report suggested that one of the iPad Air 3’s biggest new features will be a Pencil-ready display, giving users the chance to use use the pressure-sensitive stylus which debuted with the iPad Pro. Other new features may include four-speaker audio, an A9X processor, a rear flash and improved cameras.

iPad sales slid again in the last quarter, despite the debut of the iPad Pro. It also marked the first time iPad mini sales beat out those of the iPad Air. Could a 4K iPad Air 3 be enough to turn around flagging sales, and get you to pick up a new tablet? Leave your comments below.

Source: Digitimes

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  • eggimage

    Do you even realize you just wrote a 16:9 aspect ratio for an iPad display?? 3840×2160 is never going to be a native resolution on any ipads, ever

    • Luke Dormehl

      Good catch. Can I blame it on morning coffee wearing off? I’ve corrected. Thanks.

      • eggimage

        That’s cool. And I honestly doubt that they’ll offer a 4k display on this. If history’s any lesson, just as how iPad 3 barely ran the 1536p resolution, the increased, if not doubled, resolution on Air 3, will be one hell of a performance reducing factor. Anandtech has also done an in depth analysis which mentioned the ratio of iPad Pro’s GPU power to its display resolution is actually a smaller jump from before, which means while A9X packs a powerful GPU, any resolution higher than that may just result in obvious stutters during graphics heavy tasks. If Air3 is going to come with a much higher resolution than Pro’s, I honestly don’t think the GPU will be able to handle heavy tasks too well. And i fail to see how increasing the resolution is necessary at this point for the Air series. Besides, they’ll have to stuff a much bigger battery in it to at least maintain the same battery life, let alone to increase it, which goes directly against its goal of ever-shrinking down the thickness.

  • Duncan Hill

    I wish they’d just hurry up and release my wife’s 2015 Christmas present already!

  • RobertPerez1

    4K? I’ve never heard anyone describe the current iPad Air 2 as fuzzy. I’m keeping an open mind though so what would be the benefit of doubling the resolution?

  • This could be the specs of iPad PRO. Hope you guys to be right this time, this could boost the tablet market again…

    • itfa

      How would this boost the tablet market? People use a tablet to check facebook before going to bed. This doesn’t change anything.

  • MWinNYC

    Air 3 will be a modest upgrade of the Air 2. Apple is NOT going to match the specs of Pro- Pro will remain king and will remain the premium product. Matching or exceeding the specs of Pro just wouldn’t make ANY sense, especially when the Pro has been selling well. Ok, maybe they will throw in 4 speakers, but they are not adding Pencil support. At the moment they can’t even produce enough Pencils for the Pro. They are still on backorder from November.

  • M S i N Lund

    Will it still show webpages in glorious 1990’s-grade XGA?

  • The air resolution is fine as is, but I’ll gladly take 4GB ram first and foremost, then the 4 speaker setup. Could care less about pencil support.