CAD Renders Reveal The 12.9-Inch iPad Air Features a Protruding iPhone X-Like Pill-Shaped Camera Housing on The Back

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CAD Renders Reveal The 12.9-Inch iPad Air Features a Protruding iPhone X-Like Pill-Shaped Camera Housing on The Back

Apple is expected to announce new iPad Pro models in the coming months. It was previously rumored that the iPad Pro models with OLED display will launch in Spring, before the WWDC 2024 event. Besides the iPad Pro lineup, Apple is expected to upgrade the iPad Air and introduce a new model. It was recently reported that Apple plans to launch a new 12.9-inch iPad Air alongside the OLED iPad Pro models. Now, CAD renders of the 12.9-inch iPad Air have been revealed, showcasing the design and form factor of the tablet.

12.9-inch iPad Air to feature a pill-shaped camera housing on the back but with a single camera sensor

The bigger 12.9-inch iPad Air will retain the same design as the current model. The latest CAD renders (via 91mobiles) reveal a similar design but with a more significant form factor. As you can see in the CAD images below, the 12.9-inch iPad Air features a bigger footprint, but the design is more or less the same as the fourth and fifth-generation iPad Air. However, there are some key differences that you should keep note of if you are planning to upgrade to the forthcoming variant.

As you can see in the images embedded below, the camera unit of the 12.9-inch iPad Air is a little different than the current model. The camera unit protrudes from the metal chassis in a pill-shaped design. The design is pretty similar to the camera housing on the iPhone X and iPhone XS. While the iPhone X featured dual camera sensors at the back, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro only shows a single camera sensor.

Besides this, the CAD renders of the 12.9-inch iPad Air also show the device from the front. Upon first look, the front is identical to the current iPad Air models. However, the bezels are slightly thicker compared to the 11-inch iPad Air. This means the company could create a differentiating visual element from the forthcoming OLED iPad Pro models.

CAD Renders of 12.9-inch iPad Air reveals design and camera housing design details

Besides this, the rest of the device is the same as the current iPad Air model. It can be presumed that the pill-shaped camera housing on the 12.9-inch iPad Air’s back will also be available on the smaller variant. The company will also reserve the OLED iPad Pro’s LiDAR scanner and additional camera sensors. We expect the new iPad Air lineup to launch alongside the OLED iPad Pro models. The iPad Air models are expected to feature an M2 chip with enhanced computational and graphical performance with a slew of upgraded features.

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