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Apple’s iPad Air 3 could arrive just after Christmas

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This might be bad news for those of you getting shiny new tablets this Christmas…

Apple is planning a March release for the iPad Air 3, according to a new report.

MacRumors revealed the potential new launch window in a report based on a research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

According to the report, the iPad Air 3 could arrive at Apple’s long-rumoured March 2016 event, and will almost certainly land in the first half of the year.

Also expected to feature at the event are a new 4-inch iPhone 6C, and Apple Watch 2.

It wouldn’t be entirely unprecedented; Apple held a March event this year for both the Apple Watch and the 12-inch MacBook.

While Apple did launch two new iPads at this year’s September event – the iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 – the successor to the iPad Air 2 was curiously absent.

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The report also notes that the iPad Air 3 won’t feature 3D Touch – Apple’s tri-level pressure-sensitive display technology, first featured on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

It’s alleged that 3D Touch won’t be included “because of production issues within Apple’s supply chain”.

Of course, Apple is yet to make any announcements regarding March product launches, so we can’t verify these proposed plans right now.

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