Apple might unveil Pencil-ready iPad Air 3 in March

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The iPad Air will reportedly be updated in March.
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It appears we won’t have to wait much longer to see what the next-generation iPad Air will look like.

Apple plans to unveil the iPad Air 3 at a special event in March, according to a new report, which claims new Apple Watch hardware will also get some stage time during the keynote.

An updated iPad Air could help turn around slumping sales of Apple’s tablet line, which plummeted another 25 percent last quarter. The iPad Air didn’t get an update when Apple unveiled the giant-size iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 last fall, so the mid-range tablet is definitely due for a spec boost.

The new iPad hardware will likely be on display at an event in mid-March, according to 9to5Mac. The keynote date is supposedly set for the week of March 14th, but that could change depending on circumstances.

One of the iPad Air 3’s biggest new features could be a Pencil-ready display, allowing owners to use the pressure-sensitive stylus that debuted with the iPad Pro. Other features may include four-speaker audio, an A9X processor, a rear flash and improved cameras.

A 4-inch iPhone, reportedly called the “iPhone 5se,” will likely debut at the event as well, bringing a speedy processor and Apple Pay compatibility to the smaller smartphone.

The new line of Apple Watch units should also be at the keynote. The wearable update is said to include multiple new color options for the bands, as well as a new line of bands composed of a completely new material than previous Apple options.