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New leak claims 12.9-inch iPad Air is nothing but a dream

Published Mar 18th, 2024 12:56PM EDT
iPad Air (2022) Design
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Ahead of the launch of the new iPad Air and OLED iPad Pro, a leaker suggests that the larger Air model we’re all expecting isn’t going to be announced. According to X user ShrimpApplePro, who has a good track record, his trusted source has only seen one size of next-gen iPad Air: the 10.9-inch model.

With that in mind, ShrimApplePro believes that a larger iPad Air might not be released at all. Although the leaker might have put a damper on this exciting new model, he thinks this tablet will have one significant change: A new landscape selfie camera.

With these tablets almost ready to be announced, it’s interesting that ShrimpApplePro says there might not be a larger iPad Air model. At least since last October, it has been reported that Apple has been working on a larger version of this tablet.

9to5Mac‘s Filipe Espósito said these iPad Airs models had identifiers J507 and J508 in addition to a J537 and J538. Then, a few weeks ago, 91mobile shared the CADs of this larger model, which shows Apple indeed worked on them. Nonetheless, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman also corroborated this leak, suggesting Apple could release a larger iPad Air.

Apple was right if the larger iPad Air project was canceled

iPad Air (2022) CameraImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

Although I understand the appeal of a larger iPad Air, I think it would be better if Apple ended up not releasing it since it might affect sales of a larger iPad Pro. One of its most significant selling points is the larger display.

If it’s available on a cheaper model, even lacking ProMotion and other fancy technologies, this might make people choose the iPad Air to save a hundred dollars to spend on other accessories or higher storage, for example.

That said, even if the iPad Air doesn’t feature a larger model, Apple is expected to add the M2 chip, the landscape selfie camera, and, most likely, support for Cupertino’s newest Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories.

José Adorno Tech News Reporter

José is a Tech News Reporter at BGR. He has previously covered Apple and iPhone news for 9to5Mac, and was a producer and web editor for Latin America broadcaster TV Globo. He is based out of Brazil.