While we wait for the?iPad Air 3 release date set in the October to November timeframe, eBay is now offering a $100 discount on the manufactured-refurbished unit of the current-generation iPad Air 2.
Apple?s heavily-anticipated iPad Air 3 will apparently be thinner, lighter and more powerful when compared to the predecessor. In addition to the Air variant, we are also expecting the compact?iPad Mini 5 to make a debut.
The expectations surrounding the iPads are much higher precisely because the Air 2 was released back in 2014 with no radical change. In 2015, the iPhone maker did not release a refreshed variant. Therefore, it goes without saying that Apple fans and the sluggish tablet market in general are waiting for a killer slate, with cutting-edge configurations and a stunning design, to change the current status quo.
We are also hearing that Apple is planning to focus on the 2-in-1 iPad Pro series and hence, the iPad Air 3 might very well be the last model in this lineup.
As for specifications, rumor has it that the upcoming slate will sport a 9.7-inch display and 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution. The thickness of the device will reportedly be 6.1-mm.
Under the hood, Apple?s A10 chipset is believed to power this slate. However, some reports say A9X will be onboard.
Software-wise,?Apple?s iOS 10 will run the iPad out of the box. Some reports say Apple?s 3D Touch/Force Touch feature can be expected from the upcoming tablet. But then, Force Touch was not part of the recent iPad Pro release. Hence, it is better to keep the expectations limited.
Furthermore, Apple will slim down the tablet like every year. While thinner chassis makes the device look stunning, it takes a toll on the battery configuration of the tablet. Apple might cut down the iPad battery capacity slightly to get the preferred thinner look.
Apart from these, the iPad Air 3 will carry a fingerprint scanner and this year, we are expecting full-fledged Apple Pay support, similar to the iPhones. Also, the base variant will reportedly be 32GB and not the traditional 16GB.
Moving on to the discount deal, interested buyers should note that e-retailers are clearing the stocks of the current-generation iPads to make way for the new iPad Air 3. At the time of writing this post, the?64GB and 128GB variants of the Apple iPad Air 2 are available on discount via eBay.
So far, 100 units of this discounted model have been sold via the seller ?All Tech Whole Sale,? which enjoys a 99.9 percent rating on eBay. Speaking of color choices, Space Gray, Silver and Gold variants are available at this point. Buyers should, however, note that this is a Wi-Fi only model.