A manual shows an alleged iPad Air 4 without frames, with USB-C and Touch ID on the lock button

Apple : A manual shows a supposed iPad Air 4 without frames, with USB-C and Touch  ID on the lock button

A few hours ago we shared in Applesphere the news that Apple had registered new models of iPad and Apple Watch in the Eurasian database, which may be one of them of the next generation of iPad Air.

Rumors about a new iPad Air model have been around the net for a while. Among its novelties would be the redesign of the device, which would bring it closer to that of the iPad Pros of 2018 and 2020, as well as the touch ID integrated on-screen or in another location to do without the physical home button.

If true, Apple may present it very soon at a hypothetical event in September or before the end of the year. And to increase emotion, a supposed manual that shows images of the new fourth-generation iPad Air design has been shared on social media.

The iPad Air that could well be the iPad Air "Pro"
The images in this manual were posted on the Chinese social network Xiaohongshu, also known as RED, and shared on Twitter by the filterer DuanRui. The most curious thing is that the snapshots of the so-called manual are in Spanish, something quite unusual in this type of leaks.


In the images, we can see the front and back of the still to be announced iPad Air 4 (or 2020, since Apple seems to not follow nomenclature with this model), and the resemblance to iPad Pro is undeniable: reduced frames and no physical home button.

This iPad Air 4 would not have a security system based on Face ID facial recognition, as Apple could reserve it for Pro models, but it would have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. As there is no physical home button, it appears that it would be located on the power/lock button, which looks slightly larger than that of the current models.

Another interesting element is in the connector. Apple would dispense with lightning and adopt USB-C, the same one we can see on iPad Pros and Macs. This port is a standard that makes it easy to connect multiple devices and accessories such as adapters, hubs, or microphones.

Finally, the next-generation iPad Air would also integrate the Smart Connector, an Apple-owned connector that allows the use of accessories such as the Smart Keyboard Case. Instead of being located on one side of the device, as it is in the current model, it would go to the back, just like on iPad Pros.

Regarding the screen size and technology used, it is not yet entirely clear. Some analysts and media point to 10.8", and others at 11" with Mini-LED. You will have to wait until your release to see what details are fulfilled, which are not, and whether this manual turns out to be true or a montage.

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