According tomedia reports, according to information from China’s supply chain, Apple’s rumored fourth-generation iPad Air will use a USB-C interface, the technology is believed to have first appeared on Apple tablets in 2018. The new tablet is expected to be available in the second half of this year. Apple’s rumored 10.8-inch iPad Air will be the second iPad with a USB-C interface after the 2018 iPad Pro, Mac Otakara said Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The report also noted that the upcoming iPad Air could be based on the 11-inch iPad Pro. Specifically, the recently launched iPad Air is designed to reduce costs and weight by using a degraded camera array and a ProMotion display without the iPad Pro. Mac Otakara believes Apple’s upcoming new product may do the same.
In addition, the source noted that the upcoming, redesigned 8.5-inch iPad mini will retain Apple’s Lightning interface.
Analyst Guo Mingyu predicted last month that Apple would launch a 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020. Although there is no mention of “Air,” it is most likely to get an update based on Apple’s typical product update cycle.
Kuo expects the 8.5-9-inch iPad mini to be released in the first half of 2021. It is reported that Apple last updated the mini series in March 2019.