Even the source Nowhereelse is unsure about this one, but it’s certainly interesting to imagine. A purported blueprint illustration of the upcoming iPad Air 3 tablet claims to show four speakers, not two, planned for the updated 9.7-inch tablet, as well as a possible camera flash for the first time. Apple focused on the larger iPad Pro and upgraded iPad mini 4 last year, and an upgraded iPad Air 3 is expected sometime this year.
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While unconfirmed at this point, the two major claims of the purportedly leaked iPad Air 3 illustration aren’t entirely impossible to believe.
First up is the move from a single stereo speaker setup to a dual stereo speaker setup. Apple introduced this design with the iPad Pro, and the result is an impressive audio system that adjusts to whichever orientation you hold the iPad. The design also has the added benefit of not muffling sound when you cover one particular area of the iPad as additional speakers are available to push out sound.
Next up is the presence of a flash for photography. Apple notably did not include a flash on the iPad Pro, which is admittedly even less ideal for shooting photos and videos than the iPad Air lineup, but it would be curious to see the updated 9.7-inch iPad be technically more capable in this regard than the 12.9-inch tablet. iPads have been gaining upgraded cameras for both still photography and video capture over the years, and flashes double as a flashlight utility in dark situations, although a blank tab in Safari at full brightness has a similar effect.
At any rate, 9to5Mac reported today that development is indeed underway for the iPad Air 3 although it’s unclear if the refreshed 9.7-inch tablet will be ready in time for Apple’s expected March event where Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5se and new Apple Watch bands or later in the year. Let us know what you think about an upgraded speaker system and a potential camera flash on the upcoming iPad Air 3 in the comments.