KGI analyst predicts iPad 3 will launch in early 2016 without 3D Touch

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report (via 9to5Mac) today claiming that Apple will refresh its iPad Air lineup in the 1st half of 2016. Kuo also noted that Apple's new 9-inch iPad will not include 3D Touch due to "production issues."

Recent rumors have suggested that Apple also plans to launch a 4-inch iPhone 6c and second-generation Apple Watch next year.

The iPhone 6c is rumored to feature a metal body, A9 chip, NFC, Apple Pay support and an 8-megapixel iSight camera. The new 4-inch model will be the successor to Apple's "unapologetically plastic" iPhone 5c and replace the the iPhone 5s as Apple's entry-level device in its current lineup.

The Apple Watch 2 is expected to include a FaceTime camera embedded in the top bezel and be "more iPhone independent," according to 9to5Mac.

Apple broke tradition in 2015 by releasing the 12-inch iPad Pro instead of launching a new 9-inch iPad model. If recent rumors are true, the company will forgo its traditional release schedule again by releasing a new iPhone in February. All signs point to a possible Apple event in March to announce its the iPad Air 3, Apple Watch 2 and iPhone 6c. There have also been rumblings that Apple may be working on a fifth-generation Apple TV for a spring 2016 launch.

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