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Report: Fourth generation iPad Air to switch to USB-C, iPad mini sticker with Lightning

A new report today from the supply chain blog Macotakara says that the upcoming iPad Air 4 will have a USB-C connection. This would mark the first time in the iPad range that Apple has switched to USB-C outside the iPad Pro.

The report, citing the supply chain, says the fourth-generation iPad Air will adopt USB-C connectivity, while the upcoming iPad mini-update will follow Lightning for another generation:

The Chinese supplier says that the iPad Air (fourth generation) will have a specification with USB-C connector, while the iPad mini 8.5-inch will have flash down.

Moreover, Macotakara says the fourth-generation iPad Air can be “developed based on”

; the 11-inch iPad Pro. The details here are somewhat unclear, but it could mean that the next gen iPad Air has smaller frames with a larger screen and USB-C connection.

As iPad Air (3rd generation) was developed based on iPad Pro (10.5-inch), iPad Air (4th generation) can be developed based on iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) by downgrading the rear camera functions.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi reported last month that Apple will release a new 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020, followed by a new 9-inch iPad mini in the first half of 2021. According to Kuo, sales points for these iPads will be “the affordable price tag and the adoption of fast chips”, much like the new iPhone SE.

It is possible that the new iPad Air also adopts Face ID for authentication, but there were also earlier rumors of an iPad Air update with Touch ID on the screen. More information here is unknown at the moment.

The latest supply chain reports have painted a confusing picture of Apple’s iPad range. Apple currently offers the 10.2-inch iPad, which retails for $ 329, and the 10.5-inch iPad Air, which retails for $ 499. The iPad Pro then starts at $ 799 for the 11-inch model and $ 999 for the 12.9-inch model. The iPad mini retails for $ 399. It sounds like Apple wants to increase screen sizes across the board, which might be prompted by a move to mini LED technology.

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