Apple’s iPad Air could be refreshed with a new design, a new report from Chinese website MyDrivers says. In a report picked up by MacRumors, it’s claimed that the next Air will have a bigger screen than ever, matching the 11in display of the smaller iPad Pro, bigger than the current 10.5in display. That’s a striking design change which ushers in other changes and takes the Air nearer to the Pro in other ways.
Because, in line with that, the new tablet will adopt the USB-C connector of the iPad Pro, the first non-Pro iPad to move on from Lightning.
Some of these details are in line with previous rumors, but other parts seem less convincing.
For instance, what’s interesting about this new report is that Apple is usually pretty careful to update its iPad models in turn. So, as there was a new iPad Pro earlier this year and a new entry-level iPad at the end of last year, I’d have guessed the next update would have been for the Air and/or the mini.
If MyDrivers is correct, the next Air won’t bubble up until 2021, and there may well be an entry-level model before then. So, it’s an intriguing supposition and, to be honest, the only reason I’m slightly skeptical is because of that turn-based thing.
Still, MyDrivers has more in the way of details to share.
For a start, it claims that the processor will be a version of the A14 chip expected to arrive in the iPhone 12. That’s not impossible, but to be honest it sounds more likely that an A14 variant might be in the next iPad Pro.
There’s also claimed to be a Liquid Retina display, similar to the iPhone 11, only bigger, obviously.
Oh, and there will be a new smart connector on the back so that a Magic Keyboard can be made available for the next iPad Air, too. I don’t rule this out, but again, Apple likes to keep certain things for its top-flight devices, in this case the Pro models, so I am still slightly needing to be convinced about this.
Previous rumors have said that the next Air would have a 10.8in screen. So, which is true? Well, Apple does like to recycle, and since there is already an 11in iPad Pro, this could use that size screen, though perhaps without sophistications like True Tone or the widest color gamut.
There’s a suggestion that the price will be higher. While the iPad Air costs $499 and up, this new model may start from $649. This seems to me to be a big jump. Not impossible but, I’m going to stick my neck out here, unlikely.
In other words, there’s enough detail in this rumor to make it appealing, intriguing and even exciting, but not every part of it rings true to me.
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