iPad Air 3 release date, specs, & updates: Next-gen Air tablet may get launched on March 2017; to be equipped with A10 SoC?

(Apple)The release date of iPad Air 2's successor is now tipped in March 2017.

It has already been more than a month since Apple Inc.'s massive, game-changing September 7th event and its dusts are starting to settle just right in time for the Cupertino-based firm to focus aggressively in its next batch of devices — notably its hardware refresh on iMac and MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lineups.

But another noticeable absence during its huge occasion last month was the announcement on the new entry from its iPad Air series. Its much-awaited iteration, despite the lack of information from the horse's mouth itself, has been visiting the rumor mills every now and then, much to its fans' growing anticipation. After all, when there is smoke, there is fire that can be definitely be traced back.

iPad Air 3 is heavily expected to sport a much thinner design than its predecessor, which currently boasts 6.1mm of thickness. Meanwhile, the forthcoming device won't have much changes to its physical appearance as the firm is planning to retain the look and feel iPad Air and iPad Air 2 have showcased.

On the other hand, iPad Air 3 is also rumored to introduce the favorited Rose Gold color variant apart from its traditional Space Grey, Silver and Gold options.

iPad Air 3 might also be equipped with the company proprietary A10 system on chip (SoC), which is already present in the newly unwrapped iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The A10 SoC is currently dubbed the fastest mobile system to date. With the device's purported thinness, the equipment of the latest chipset is very much touted to elevate iPad Air 3 to another level of advancement.

Other features that might be coming with iPad Air 3 are the additions of Smart Connector for the Smart keyboard and the Apple Pencil compatibility. Meanwhile, the 7000 series aluminum is expected as well to for the chassis of the device.

iPad Air 3 is now tipped to be unveiled on March 2017.