Apple’s iPad Air 3 Releasing In Early 2016 Without 3D Touch, Because Of Production Issues

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speaks about another Apple-related prediction “iPad Air 3” due for the next calendar year. Issued a research note that the Cupertino-based company’s new iPad Air will be released in the first half of 2016 and is unlikely to adopt 3D Touch because of production issues within Apple’s supply chain. He also believes the iPhone 7’s pressure sensitive 3D Touch display will have a “smaller technology and structure” as the iPhone 6s. Just after issuing a number of notes pertaining to the rumored 4-inch “iPhone 6c“, Kuo is back once again, and this time making predictions regarding Apple’s plan for the iPad Air 3 and the technology that could ship with the company’s 2016 flagship during WWDC 2016.

The latest report immediately jumps into the discussion of the iPad Air 3. Kuo believes that the time is nearly upon us for an introduction of Apple’s next iPad Air. With the iPad Air 2 being outshone by the unveil of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. In fact, the analyst is predicting that the hardware could be announced as early as March 2016 during Apple’s rumored media event, where it is expected to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone and the second-generation Apple Watch. This year on same timeframe, Apple held to introduce the 12-inch Retina MacBook and Apple Watch pricing and release date information.

The note also suggests that any new iPad that’s introduced will be offered to the public next year without adopting the 3D Touch technology that’s found within the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, citing difficulties with Apple’s supply chain partners. The KGI Securities research note also extends beyond speculating about the iPad Air 3 to discuss the potential of the next-generation iPhone. The report confirms the iPhone 7 will be released in 2016, likely around Apple’s usual September timeframe, with a potential public availability occurring in October after an initial pre-order spell.

The introduction of 3D Touch was made in September 2015 as a headline new feature on both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The pressure-sensing technology enables iPhone users to perform additional “Peek” and “Pop” gestures to access Quick Action shortcut menus or preview content within apps. 3D Touch also enables users to press the left side of the Home screen to switch to multitasking view, press lightly for finer lines or more deeply for thicker ones in Notes, swipe left or right to delete or mark as unread in Mail while using “Peek,” and much more.

Prominent analyst Kuo has a fairly impressive history of predicting what Apple will do via his research notes. Rest to see is what rumors start filtering through about unlocking additional 3D Touch features via the introduction of iOS 10, which is indeed be introduced at WWDC in June of 2016.