[Exclusive] New CAD models reveal the design of the 12.9-inch iPad Air


  • An updated iPad Air with a 12.9-inch display is anticipated from Apple.
  • The largest iPad Air in the lineup and the first 12.9-inch model would be this one.
  • The M2 chip is anticipated to power the upcoming iPad Air as well.

In October of last year, there were rumors that Apple was developing a larger iPad Air with a 12.9-inch display. This would make it the first iPad Air with a 12.9-inch screen and the largest iPad Air ever. The only tablet in Apple’s lineup with a 12.9-inch variant is the iPad Pro. This rumor appears to be accurate, as 91mobiles is the only site with exclusive access to renders of the 12.9-inch variant.

Renders of the 12.9-inch iPad Air show the design

  • Industry sources have revealed raw CAD renders of the iPad Air model. The renderings give us a glimpse of what the future iPad Air might look like. It shares several design cues with the current iPad Air model, including an all-screen layout and a thin chassis.
  • Similar to the previous model, the iPad Air 12.9-inch device will have the Touch ID button on top. Additionally, there are speaker grilles on top and bottom.
  • This iPad Air variant also has a side switch that is visible, and the USB-C port is located at the bottom.
  • The iPad Air’s rear camera has undergone a minor design alteration as we can now see a border encircling the lens and LED flash. It has a bare camera sensor on the back, similar to the current iPad Air model.
  • These renderings appear to indicate that Apple will not be releasing a significant redesign for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model. That makes sense considering that the iPad Air’s design has already undergone significant change thanks to its all-screen display, Touch ID button, and smooth edges.

Not much has been released regarding the iPad Air model. The original word on this was published by DigiTimes, which stated that this iPad will have an LCD display similar to the existing model, instead of a mini-LED display like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

As the sixth generation iPad Air, Apple is anticipated to release the new model shortly. It is also anticipated that the M2 chip would power this iPad Air.

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