The iPad Air 4 Could Have a Radical Redesign

Rumors suggest that the iPad Air 4 could have near edge-to-edge display with no dedicated Home button. Instead, the power button could have Touch ID.

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After discontinuing the iPad Air line completely in 2017, Apple revived it with the new iPad Air about a year-and a half ago, in early 2019. The new model had a bunch of additional features, like a Retina and True Tone display, a A12 Bionic processor (also found in 2018's iPhone XS), a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and stylus support for the Apple Pencil. Now it's late 2020 and fresh rumors are circulating that Apple is set to announce a new iPad Air this fall — dubbed the iPad Air 4 — and it could be a game changer.

If the rumors are true, the iPad Air 4 could have a big hardware redesign. The leaker DuanRui recently posted photos on Twitter that showed the iPad Air 4 with a near all-screen with very minimal bezels. More importantly, the new model would not have a dedicated Home button with Touch ID, but instead the Touch ID integrated into the power button at the top of the iPad. (Also, don't have expect the new iPad Air to have Face ID.) You can see the leaked photos below.

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The other potential big upgrade is USB-C charging. The leaked photos of the iPad Air 4 suggested that it would have a USB-C charging port instead of a Lightning port. It is hard to imagine, however, given Apple's track record, that it'd add such a key upgrade to its mid-tier line of tablets. But if Apple chooses to give the iPad Air a USB-C port, enabling it charge faster and transfer data quicker — we're here for it.

If Apple is to announce a new iPad Air, another tech leaker, Jon Prosser, suggested it would happen the week of September 7, alongside the next generation Apple Watch.

We'll have to wait and see to find out for sure.

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