IPad Air 2020 is getting the one feature the iPhone 12 should have

Joanna Estrada
June 3, 2020

This comes from manufacturing sources in China.

A new report claims that Apple's next iPad Air will make the move to USB-C, following in the footsteps of the iPad Pro.

In fact, Macotakara noted that the next iPad Air could borrow a lot from the 11-inch iPad Pro, in that it could have slimmer display bezels and a larger display.

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

USB-C could let the iPad Air charge quicker, and also transfer data through USB much quicker. This would keep it as the smallest iPad, even smaller than the entry-level iPad 10.2. This could also mean the next iPad Air gets rid of Touch ID and the home button and opts for a Face ID system and gesture-only navigation as well. This seems a little unlikely, and it's not confirmed yet.

The use of USB-C would arguably be a bigger change as now most portable Apple devices, including iPhones and many iPads, use the company's proprietary Lightning port, which is generally slower for data transfer and charging. This is a pretty big deal. The iPad Pro lineup was updated in March 2020, though Apple is said to be developing mini LED variants of its professional tablets. Moving the iPad Air to the USB-C port should open it up to all sorts of third-party accessories, SD card readers and what not.

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