Leak reveals alleged 12.9-inch iPad Air design


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An iPad Air with a bigger display could arrive in Q1 2024.
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Rumors indicate Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad Air due to launch later this year. A new leak shows off alleged design renders of the upcoming tablet.

The CAD renders show that the 12.9-inch iPad Air will resemble its 10.9-inch sibling. However, it apparently will feature a redesigned rear camera module.

12.9-inch iPad Air could look a lot like its smaller sibling

Multiple leaks suggest Apple could launch the 12.9-inch iPad Air in early 2024. The bigger panel will seemingly feature a 60Hz refresh rate but will use an oxide backplane for better performance and efficiency. While not confirmed, the bigger iPad Air might debut in late March or early April, when Apple typically launches new products.

Shared by 91Mobiles, the 12.9-inch iPad Air renders reveal it will have an iPhone X-esque elongated rear camera module. It purportedly will house a single sensor, with the microphone below it. This camera bump should allow Apple to keep the bigger iPad Air’s overall profile slim. The tablet likely will stick to Apple’s M2 chip and not use the newest M3 SoC.

The 12.9-inch iPad Air appears indistinguishable from its 10.9-inch sibling from the front in the renders. The design includes relatively thick bezels surrounding the display, unlike the iPad Pro. Interestingly, the front camera is located at the top for portrait orientation and not on the left/right bezel for landscape orientation, as seen on the iPad 10.

Like the 10.9-inch iPad Air, the bigger model will house a Touch ID button at the top and a USB-C port at the bottom. There’s no word on pricing, but the 12.9-inch iPad Air could cost $100 to $150 more than the 10.9-inch model.

Apple also working on OLED iPad Pro

The new iPad Air will sit below revamped iPad Pro models, rumored to come with 120Hz OLED panels. They also might come with bigger 11-inch and 13-inch displays and an M3 chip for even better performance. All these improvements could cost you, though, with a steep jump in price.


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