iPad Air 3 will pack the same powerful processor as iPad Pro

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2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro
The iPad Pro's best features are coming to iPad Air 3.
Photo: Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac

Apple isn’t skimping on processing power when it comes to the iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se that are expected to be revealed next month.

Even though the new 4-inch iPhone is being aimed as a mid-range smartphone, Apple reportedly plans to include the same A9 processor found in the iPhone 6s, while the iPad Air 3 will pack the A9X processor found in the iPad Pro.

In its recent profile on Apple’s chief chipmaker, Johny Srouji, Bloomberg’s sources revealing “Apple intends to announce an updated iPad and smaller-screen iPhone featuring the latest A9x and A9 chips.”

The iPad Air 3 is shaping up to be an mini iPad Pro in almost every way possible. To go with the A9X processor, the company is also adding 4 speaker audio, a Smart Connector, and possibly support for the Apple Pencil as well.

A rumor earlier this year claimed Apple was leaning toward using the A9 processor in the iPhone 5se, but this is the first report confirming Apple’s plans. Both new devices are expected to be revealed at an Apple keynote on March 15th. Other big announcements could include some new Apple Watch bands and the public release of iOS 9.3.

Via: The Verge