Apple's next iPad Air is likely to have a landscape-oriented front camera again, will likely come in a single size


Apple is said to be preparing to launch new iPad Air and iPad Pro models in late March or early April. The tablet is expected to have a number of upgrades including an updated chipset, display, and iPadOS 17.4 software. The upcoming iPad models will also see some changes in the camera department, with reports claiming the front and rear cameras on the tablet will be redesigned. Both the refreshed iPad Pro and iPad Air models are said to feature a landscape-oriented front camera. A new leak has confirmed the claims of the sixth generation iPad Air.

Tipster ShrimpApplePro (@VNchocoTaco) shared in a post on X (formerly Twitter) that the upcoming iPad Air 6 will not get any significant redesign, except for a new landscape-oriented front camera.

The front-facing camera on current iPad Air models is portrait-oriented, but with this newly reported design change, the front camera will appear at the top when the tablet is in landscape mode. This information is in line with previous reports that claimed that the upcoming iPad Pro and iPad Air models will shift to landscape front cameras.

The leaker, citing a source, also claimed that the iPad Air 6 will come in only one size, contrary to previous reports that suggested two sizes. “According to my source, only one size has been seen, which is 10.9 inches. So the larger size will probably not be available,” the tipster said in his post.

Earlier reports claimed that the new iPad Air will come in a new 12.9-inch model for the first time, along with the regular 10.9-inch variant. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, is expected to launch in the usual 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes.

The upcoming iPad models will reportedly come with significant upgrades. The next iPad Pro is said to be powered by the M3 chip and will likely feature an OLED display. Additionally, the tablet is expected to launch with a revised rear camera module and MagSafe wireless charging support. The sixth-generation iPad Air, on the other hand, is expected to run on the M2 chipset. Apple is also said to be prepping a new Magic Keyboard accessory for the iPad with a larger trackpad and a new Apple Pencil.

Apple has not yet revealed its plans for new iPad models, but Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said the tablets will likely launch later this month or in early April. This week, a report from Chinese publication IT Home said the new line of iPads is expected to launch on March 26.

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