iOS 10.3 might not be the only update Apple’s cooking up for the first half of the year. The company also might be prepping a new iPad Air 3.
Rumors continue to point to some big changes to Apple’s iPad lineup. The company is reportedly going to upgrade its iPad Pro line though, it appears that the company might also replace its long-running iPad Air 2.
Its been nearly two-and-a-half years since Apple released its 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. And while iPad Air 3 rumors have swirled, the company’s kept the aging device on shelves. That’s starting to change.
According to AppleInsider, iPad Air 2 stock at popular retailers like B&H and MacMall is starting to dry up, a sign that a new iPad Air 3 could finally be on the way.
The silver and space gray versions of the 32GB Wi-Fi-only iPad Air 2 are currently out of stock at MacMall. At B&H, all LTE-equipped 128GB iPad Air models are listed as “no longer available.” These aren’t the only retailers with dwindling inventory.
Amazon, Best Buy, and Staples are sold out of select iPad Air 2 models. The Apple Store is also showing cracks with wait times for online orders pushed into late February. A 32GB iPad Air 2 from the Apple Store will deliver by February 20th.
This doesn’t confirm an imminent iPad Air 3 release but this is typical behavior ahead of a major product announcement.
According to multiple reports, Apple is currently developing new Apple hardware and new iPad software including wider support for the Apple Pencil accessory.
A report from Bloomberg claims “Apple may roll out the new iPad software features as part of an upgrade to the iOS 10 operating system in the first half of 2017.”
Apple typically hosts an early event to bridge the gap between its iPhone launch and WWDC. Last year, the company announced the iPhone SE and a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro during its March launch event.
iPad Air 3 rumors point to a modest upgrade with a processor bump expected to be one of the key features. Rumors suggest the budget iPad will feature the A9 processor that’s found in the company’s iPhone 6s smartphone.
While upgrades to the iPad Pro and iPad Air lineup are expected, there doesn’t appear to be anything imminent for Apple’s iPad mini line.
Apple’s last iPad mini refresh, the iPad mini 4, arrived alongside the company’s original iPad Pro in September, 2015.
Install iOS 10.2.1 If You Want Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.2.1 update on your iPhone or iPad.
The iOS 10.2 update brings 13 known patches for potential exploits. That's one more than its predecessor (iOS 10.2).
These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.
If you skipped the iOS 10.2 update and/or the iOS 10.1.1 update, know that iOS 10.2.1 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2 update had 12 important patches on board. You can see them all right here.
If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.2.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.
If security is important to you, iOS 10.2.1 is probably worth a download right now.