The upcoming iPad Air refresh (fifth era) will undertake the chassis of the present iPad Professional 11 (2021), writes Japanese weblog MacOtakara, primarily based on data from the availability chain.
The 2 are already fairly comparable with squared off sides and a side-mounted TouchID fingerprint reader. Nevertheless, the brand new design will embrace getting a second digital camera on the again, an extremely large shooter, plus presumably a LiDAR sensor. This final half is unlikely, nonetheless.
Apple will wish to preserve some separation between the Air and the Professional. A part of that would be the chipset – the weblog says solely an Apple A15, aka the iPhone 13 chipset, fairly than getting a blazing quick M1 just like the Professional has. Nonetheless, the brand new chip will include 5G connectivity, a primary for the Air line.
Switching from IPS LCD to an OLED show is feasible because the 11” Professional is meant to get a mid-cycle refresh with a mini-LED panel. The fifth era Air can be stated to get a speaker improve, going from 2 audio system to 4.
The brand new iPad mini was alleged to inherit the Air design (however downscaled), nonetheless, the weblog writes that new mini will preserve the general design of the previous mannequin. Nevertheless, will probably be fitted with a bigger 8.4” show (up from 7.9”). Ross Younger, who additionally retains an in depth eye at electronics provide chains, roughly confirms this, saying the mini can have a 8.3” show because of slimmer bezels and the removing of the Residence button.
So, the mini can have some design adjustments, even when not as in depth as initially anticipated. It will likely be short-changed on processing energy, nonetheless, going from the Apple A12 of the 2019 mannequin to the Apple A14 of the present iPhone 12 sequence.
A extra main redesign of the vanilla iPad and the iPad mini could not arrive till 2022 or later. If and when these two fashions change away from the Lightning port in favor of USB-C is unclear, however some sources say it’ll occur as quickly as this upcoming era.