Apple will be launching a newer model of its iPad Air lineup, widely referred to as an iPad Air 3, in the month of March next year and the next-generation of iPhone devices (iPhone 7?) will be launching in the month of September next year, suggests the recent note from KGI securities’ top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The most surprising bit in Kuo’s latest note to investors is that the analyst believes Apple won’t include 3D Touch technology in its upcoming iPad Air 3 model. He blames the supply issues for the lack of 3D Touch in upcoming iPad Air 3 and notes that the production of Apple’s new pressure sensitive component is still well below 30 percent, which makes it harder for Apple to introduce it in its upcoming revision of the iPad Air lineup.
Apple usually launches its new iPad models towards the end of every year, but Kuo believes that the company has decided to skip doing so this year and launch the new iPad Air 3 in March 2016. This year, the company launched an all new 12.9-inch iPad Pro alongside its new iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Other than kuo’s note on the lack of 3D Touch, it is still unclear what new feature will the iPad Air 3 come packed with.
Other than the iPad Air 3, Kuo also talked about iPhone 7 in his recent note to investors. Kuo believes that the iPhone 7 with 3D Touch is on track for launch in 2016 and it will feature “similar technology and structure” as the current iPhone 6s.
KGI analyst has also predicted iPhone 7 to be as thin as iPod Touch. Some rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 won’t be getting the rumored OLED display technology for iPhone lineup and the next iPhone will be a waterproof iPhone 7 with 3GB of RAM.