The next iPad could borrow some of the design and functionality from the iPad Pro line, with allegedly leaked design schemes including thinner bezels, sensors intended for Face ID, and supposed Magic Keyboard support.
Apple launched its seventh-generation iPad in September 2019, with a larger 10.2-inch Retina display and full-size smart keyboard support. In what could be an indicator for other products that could launch alongside the expected “iPhone 12” in September, diagrams claiming to show the next iPad suggest it could get another facelift.
The images released by 91Mobiles show an iPad with a 10.8-inch screen, which would correlate with other rumors and speculation about the model. To match the larger screen, Apple will also take advantage of the iPad Pro’s design language to make the bezels thin.
The change in bezel design would also mean the loss of Touch ID, as the images don’t seem to display a home button at all. Another leaked Thursday claimed it would have Touch ID on the power button, although diagrams also suggest the tablet will have the necessary sensors in the bezel to be able to use Face ID.
The edges use the same flat design as the iPad Pro line rather than a more gradual curve. Towards the base, it is claimed that there is a USB Type-C port for charging, four microphones and two speakers, although the latter point could be Apple adding a second grille for the symmetry of the design.
On the back, instead of a camera bump, it will apparently have the same single-camera setup as previous models. There is apparently no sign of the LiDAR element on the Pro models.
There is also a claim that the back includes magnetic connectors, which the publication claims would be for the Magic Keyboard holder.
The report claims that the drawings show an eighth-generation iPad, but other rumors have also suggested that it could be an iPad Air 4. As the third-generation iPad Air was launched in March 2019, it is always possible that the diagrams show this model instead.