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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 started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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