Apple iPad Air 2
Apple has officially cut the price of the iPad Air 2 by $100 ahead of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro release. REUTERS/ROBERT GALBRAITH

Apple fans were eagerly awaiting the iPad Air 2 successor in September last year. However, only the iPad Mini 4 and the bigger iPad Pro were introduced. At that point, it was speculated that the long-rumored iPad Air 3 was still under development. Now, a new rumor says, the next iPad will be introduced in March.

According to past reports, the ever-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reportedly said the Apple iPad Air 3 will see the light of the day sometime in the first half of 2016. He also confirmed that the 3D-Touch aspects seen in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will not be part of the upcoming tablet because of production issues.

Components required for 3D touch feature were not easy to source and thereby, Apple faced supply chain issues specific to the iPhone 6s. Not to forget, even the iPad Pro does not come with this feature.

Meanwhile, the latest rumor from Alphr (via Tech Times) said a March release can be expected for the iPad Air 3. This means, Apple will be breaking the usual device introduction cycle.

As far as the rumored iPad Air 3 specifications go, it will apparently carry a 9.7-inch display, bundled with a killer 4K screen resolution. Under the hood, the slate will come powered by an A9X processor.

An 8-megapixel rear-facing camera unit, in addition to a 2.1-megapixel front-facing snapper will be mounted on the device. Expect a fingerprint sensor on the home button and the thickness of the tablet will only be 5 mm.

The slate is believed to come backed by a RAM configuration in the ambit of 2 GB and 4 GB. The iPad Air 3 is rumored to feature IP rating for water and dust resistance. However, Apple will reportedly reduce the gracious battery capacity of 7,340 mAh (seen in the iPad Air 2) in the successor.

Lastly, the same source says the upcoming tablet will set the buyers back by roughly £399 (i.e. about $564).

As always, readers are advised to take the reported iPad Air 3-related details with the proverbial pinch of salt as Apple has not confirmed any information so far.