Apple to launch the iPad Air 3 in March 2016 without 3D Touch; iPhone 7 to launch in September

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 15 Dec 2015

3D Touch on iPhone 6s

According to a research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be launching the ‘iPad Air 3’ in March 2016.

Surprisingly, the analyst mentions in his note that the ‘iPad Air 3’ will not feature 3D Touch due to supply issues. Kuo notes that 3D Touch component production is still well below 30 percent, so it is not possible for Apple to include the feature in the next generation iPad.

Irrespective of what the case be, Kuo believes that Apple will launch the iPad Air 3 in March next year. Apple usually refreshes its iPad lineup towards the end of the year, but for some reason, it decided to skip doing so this year. Instead, it launched the 12.9-inch iPad Pro alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It is still unclear what changes the iPad Air 3 will pack, especially now that Kuo believes it will not come with 3D Touch.

The analyst also mentions in his note that 3D Touch on the ‘iPhone 7‘, which will be released in September next year, will feature a “similar technology and structure” as the iPhone 6s. iPhone 7 rumors point to the handset coming with a water and dustproof design, though its features and other specs remain unknown for now.

[Via Apple Insider]