The rumor that Apple plans to launch an outsized model of its mid-range iPad Air pill (broadly reported again in October, then once more in December) simply received one other increase, with the leak of CAD renders of the machine’s design.
Revealed Saturday by 91mobiles, the renders are alleged to have been “shared by business sources” and purport to indicate what the brand new Air will appear to be from eight completely different angles. It’s necessary to notice, nevertheless, that these are purely digital renders fairly than photographs of precise gadgets (and even pre-release prototypes), and the ultimate design might be completely different: 91mobiles itself says solely that the renders “give us an thought on the potential design.”
The very first thing you’ll discover concerning the renders is how comparable they’re to present Air designs–aside from being larger, after all. Most surprisingly, the front-facing digital camera stays on the brief edge, fairly than being moved to the lengthy edge like on the 10th-gen iPad. For that machine, this made good sense, as a result of its entrance digital camera is usually used for video calls, wherein panorama orientation is the extra well-liked choice. We’re unsure why that logic doesn’t apply to the Air, aside from guessing that the corporate felt the Apple Pencil charging setup, which magnetically attaches to the lengthy edge, is extra necessary than a correctly positioned digital camera.
Aside from this, the audio system look the identical, the ability and quantity buttons look the identical, and the Good Connector on the again appears the identical. The one apparent change we will spot impacts the rear-facing digital camera, which now appears to take a seat in a raised module along with the flash; on the 2022 mannequin, solely the lens sits pleased with the again floor.
There have been no new iPads in 2023, however we count on Apple to announce a brand new line of iPad Airs, together with the brand new bigger mannequin, in spring 2024. For all the newest information and rumors, test our usually up to date new iPad Air superguide.