According to a new report, Apple’s upcoming fifth-gen iPad Air could feature a design similar to the 11-inch iPad Pro. Meanwhile, iPad mini 6 and the ninth-gen iPad will not see any major design changes.
iPad Air 5 to feature a design similar to iPad Pro, while iPad 9 and iPad mini 6 will not receive major redesigns
A new report from Mac Otakara says that iPad Air 5 could bring a lot of Pro features to a more affordable option, similar to iPhone SE (2020). The report specifically highlights the third-gen iPad Pro and says that the upcoming iPad Air, powered by the A15 Bionic chip, will feature a dual-lens camera system with a wide-angle lens and an ultra-wide lens, a LiDAR scanner, 4-speaker audio, and 5G NR mmWave support. The device will retain the 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display and power button Touch ID the current model sports.
The addition of these features to iPad Air would certainly be welcome by consumers. However, when talking about the future of the base model iPad and iPad mini, the report does not hint at any redesign coming in the near future. The body of the devices will most likely remain the same, but Apple will update the internals from the current A12 Bionic chip to the A14 Bionic chip.
Chinese suppliers have been telling us in January this year that the iPad mini (6th Generation) will have an 8.4-inch display and the iPad (9th Generation) could be based on the iPad Air (3rd Generation), but the latest information suggests that the iPad (9 The latest information says that the iPad (9th Generation) and iPad mini (6th Generation) do not seem to be any different from the iPad (8th Generation) and iPad mini (5th Generation).
There is a possibility that it will just be a change from the current A12 Bionic chip to the A14 Bionic chip, and the chassis design may not be changed until 2022 or later.
On the topic of iPad mini, a ton of reliable industry sources have said the next-gen device will get a redesign. Ross Young, John Prosser, Mark Gurman, and renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have all stated the device will sport a new design in the future.