Leaked iPad Air 4 images suggest it will get an iPad Pro-style makeover

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2020 iPad Air Concept with Apple Pencil 2
This proposed 2020 iPad Air concept is mostly a scaled-down iPad Pro.
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Images that appear to show training manuals or marketing images for the forthcoming iPad Air 4 were posted by an Apple leaker posted Wednesday.

The images, posted by Twitter user DuanRi, show off a design similar to the iPad Pro. If the images are real, the iPad Air 4 will be the first in this series without a Home key. And there’ll be a single rear-mounted camera.

Interestingly, the images also suggest Apple will stick with Touch ID, rather than adopting Face ID for the next-gen iPad Air. The Touch ID sensor will be incorporated into the power button, not under the display (as some previous rumors suggested).

Apple last updated the iPad Air in March 2019, along with the fifth-gen iPad mini. That model kept the same overall appearance as the iPad Air 2, but added Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, a larger 10.5-inch Retina Display, and support for the Apple Pencil.

This year’s rumored iPad Air 4 refresh, offering thinner bezels, should make the display even bigger without increasing the physical footprint of the device. An earlier leak said the tablet will come with a screen that’s “almost 11 inches.”

A previous report suggested that, for the first time, this year’s iPad Air will get a USB-C connector. This will replace the Lightning port on previous models.

Earlier this week, listings for new Apple devices surfaced in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, seemingly confirming that new iPads are on the way.

Are you excited at the prospect of the iPad Air 4? Would any of these upgrades prompt you to buy the new model? Let us know in the comments below.