We’ve been hearing rumors that the fourth-generation iPad Air has been redesigned for a while, and Bloomberg confirmed this week that the new iPad Air will be launched this fall. While we’re not entirely sure if the new iPad Air will follow exactly the same design adopted by the 2018 and 2020’s iPad Pro models, Svetappal has come up with an idea to demonstrate exactly that.
Rumor has it that the new iPad Air model will have a thinner bezel around the display, just like the latest iPad Pro model. The iPad Air 4’s dimensions are expected to be the same as the 11-inch iPad Pro, but it’s not clear if the new iPad Air will be the same screen size as the smaller iPad Pro.
However, instead of Face ID, the new iPad Air features a built-in Touch ID on the power button – something unprecedented on the iPhone and iPad. Since the new design doesn’t have a home button and Face ID sensors are still expensive, Apple will adopt Touch ID on the iPad Air to save some cost and keep the Air model as a cheaper alternative to customers.
Svettappal’s idea shows us an iPad that is very similar to the 2018 iPad Pro, but we can notice some significant differences there. The iPad Air 4 featured in the photos has a flat edge, a smart connector on the back, and a single protruding camera lens.
The concept also envisions a larger power button due to the built-in Touch ID. You can check all renders below:
The recently leaked iPad Air 4 manual also shows that the new model will feature a USB-C port instead of the power connector, which will allow iPad Air users to connect multiple accessories that are not compatible with the current iPad model, excluding the iPad Pro. Adding a smart connector on the back could bring compatibility with the new Magic keyboard, including the trackpad, which was introduced as an iPad Pro accessory earlier this year.
What do you think about this idea? Would you rather buy a newly designed iPad Air at a lower price instead of the iPad Pro? Let us know in the comments section below.
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