In addition to a new iPad Pro lineup, there’s also a new iPad Air on the way this year. In fact, this could be the biggest update to the iPad Air lineup ever, with Apple planning a big-screen model for the very first time.
Here are three things to expect from the new iPad Air lineup…
New iPad Air form factor
Apple overhauled the iPad Air in 2020 to give it a 10.9-inch display and a flat-edged design similar to the iPad Air. This year, Apple is planning to retain that same design language, but also expand the design to a new form factor.
According to multiple reports, including Bloomberg, Apple will introduce a new 12.9-inch iPad Air model this year. This will mark the first time that the iPad Air is available in two display sizes, modeling the same bifurcation as the iPad Pro lineup. The 12.9-inch iPad Air will use the same LCD screen technology as the 10.9-inch model.
Bigger camera bump
According to leaked schematics out of Apple’s supply chain, the new iPad Air models will feature a redesigned camera bump. Currently, the iPad Air features a single, circular camera cutout on the back with the flash placed separately below it.
The new camera bump will purportedly feature a vertically-oriented design, reminiscent of iPhone camera designs from a few years ago, such as the iPhone X. The camera and the flash are both housed in the same camera bump, increasing the size of the protrusion.
As of right now, there’s no word on why Apple is planning to make this change. It could simply be an aesthetic design, or it could mean that Apple has camera features that necessitate the new design.
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