Even the pricier iPad Pro doesn’t have 3D Touch capabilities, and that’s the top-of-the-line model for Apple’s tablets. So perhaps it makes sense that the iPad Air 3 won’t offer that functionality, although we have to wonder if Apple has enough other upgrades on offer to make it worthy of an upgrade for happy iPad Air 2 owners.
Apple was planning a March event to debut the Apple Watch 2 and possibly also a smaller, 3D Touch-less iPhone 6c, so an updated iPad Air could slide in well alongside those reveals.
Kuo also says the functionality is likely to return unchanged in next autumn’s expected iPhone 7, which isn’t really surprising. At this point, Apple has already made the hardware.