This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Rumors that Apple is preparing the fourth-generation iPad Air (iPad Air 4) have often been reported. Now, images of what appears to be an explanatory brochure for the iPad Air 4 have been leaked, showing that it may have updated specifications from the previous model, including a full-screen design, a Touch ID (fingerprint recognition) with a built-in power button, and a USB-C connector.
Twitter user DuanRui posted some images of the brochure in Spanish. It shows what appears to be an iPad Air 4 with a thinner bezel and full-screen design like the iPad Pro, and mentions that it has a USB-C connector instead of the traditional Lightning port.
iPad Air 4— DuanRui (@duanrui1205) August 27, 2020
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The iPad Pro uses Face ID for unlocking and eliminates the Touch ID built-in home button for a full-screen design, but these images show that the fourth-generation iPad Air is described as having Touch ID, just like the third-generation Air. However, we can't find the home button, so we're guessing that Touch ID is integrated into the power button on the side.
Rumors surrounding the iPad Air 4 have been surfacing since April of this year. First, L0vetodream, who has a track record of spotting the release date of the second-generation iPhone SE, predicted a full-screen design without a notch (at the top of the screen), but with an embedded Touch ID screen instead of Face ID (facial recognition). And renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said a "10.8-inch iPad" will arrive in the second half of 2020, while Taiwanese supply chain expert DigiTimes also reported that the device will ship in Q3 at an affordable price with a high-performance CPU.
While this is the first information to indicate that Touch ID could be built into the iPad Air 4's side buttons, the above-mentioned analyst Kuo predicted a similar mechanism for the iPhone SE2 Plus (tentative for the second-generation iPhone SE larger version) in the first half of 2021. While a full-screen design is desirable, Face ID components are expensive and should be avoided, so future non-Pro models may be unified in the direction of ousting the relatively low-cost Touch ID on the side.
These images may have been forged in Photoshop, but 9to5Mac found no glaring discrepancies, suggesting that they are credible and consistent with previous rumors.
Just a few days ago, the identifier for the new iPad was found in the EEC database (products using encryption technology are required to be registered within the Eurasian Economic Union's territory, so they are usually released within a few months of registration). Jon Prosser, who has a reputation for predicting Apple's unannounced products, has also stated that it will be announced in press release form along with the Apple Watch Series 6 in the second week of September, so it seems safe to get your hopes up.
Source: DuanRui (Twitter)
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