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Crazy iPad Air rumor says this might be the first year without a new 9.7-inch tablet

iPad Air 3, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4

Apple is expected to launch a bunch of new iPads later this year, including the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro that appears to be set for a 2015 launch. However, for the first time since introducing iOS tablets, Apple might not have a new 9.7-inch model in stores this fall, a rather surprising rumor claims.

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Chinese news site Economic Daily News, which has featured plenty of Apple rumors in the past, says that Foxconn has scored orders for the 12.9-inch iPad and also for a refreshed iPad mini 4.

Apparently, Apple wants to make the bigger iPad the flagship tablet this year, and that’s why a major iPad Air 3 refresh isn’t in the making. A new iPad Air might not be released until 2016, Fubon Hardware investment advisor Liaoxian Li told the site.


As MacRumors points out, Apple could always launch a minimally upgraded iPad Air 3 this year, in line with what it did with the iPad mini 3 last fall.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.