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6 Reasons to Wait for the iPad Air 4 & 3 Reasons Not To

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Apple is reportedly working on a new iPad Air. With a release more than likely in the works, we want to guide you through the best reasons to, and not to, wait for the rumored iPad Air 4.

If you’re looking to buy a new tablet, be it an iPad or something else, you’ve got a ton of options.

In March, Apple released new iPad Pro models with a bunch of intriguing upgrades. The company’s 2018 iPad Pro models are still viable options as well.

If you’re hunting for a new tablet you should also check out the 10.2-inch iPad, the iPad mini 5, and the 2019 iPad Air. Their prices have all dropped as well and they’re still worthy of a look as we push deeper into the year.

You’ll also want to take note of the rumored tablets reportedly on tap for 2020 and beyond. Apple’s apparently working on a bunch of new slates including a new high-end iPad Pro, an iPad mini 6, and a new iPad Air.

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iPad Air 4 Rumors

While a lot of rumors have centered around Apple’s high-end iPad Pro and the iPad mini 6, we’re also hearing that Apple has an iPad Air 4 in development.

The rumors come from a variety of sources including an anonymous source on Twitter who has leaked accurate information about unreleased Apple products in the past.

Beyond the existence of the device, the account has outlined features that are supposedly coming on board the new version of the iPad Air.

A report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara, citing information gleaned from a Chinese supplier, suggests that Apple will remove the Lightning port from the device and replace it with USB-C.

The company shifted to using USB-C on the iPad Pro in 2018 and Mac Otakara claims the new iPad Air will be based on the 11-inch iPad Pro.

Hit-or-miss publication Digitimes claims Apple will launch a new iPad Air in the second half of 2020. The site also says the new iPad Air will have a larger 10.8-inch display.

A 10.8-inch iPad is reportedly in development behind the scenes, but it’s unclear if it’s an iPad Air or whether it’s a basic version of the iPad.

The reliable Ming-Chi Kuo also believes a 10.8-inch iPad will launch in the second half of 2020, but he doesn’t specify the model type.

YouTuber Jon Prosser claims Apple will launch a new iPad in September. Prosser says Apple will announce a new Apple Watch, and an unspecified iPad, sometime during the week of September 7th.

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Refresh or not, these rumors put those of you in the market for a new tablet in a tough position. While some of you might want to cave and buy something now, others might want to wait.

In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to think about waiting for the rumored iPad Air 4 and the best reasons to go with something else.

Wait for Performance Improvements

Wait for Performance Improvements

If Apple is working on a new version of the iPad Air, you can expect it to come with numerous performance improvements including one that's reportedly heading to other versions of the iPad. 

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is bringing mini-LED backlighting to the iPad Pro line, a new budget iPad, the MacBook Pro line, and the Mac Pro. Kuo hasn't mentioned the iPad Air, but the Twitter leakster claims the technology is headed to the iPad Air. 

According to a report from DigiTimes, Apple is planning to use super-thin rigid PCB boards from manufacturer Tripod Technology. The company will evidently share orders with Taiwanese PCB supplier Zhen Ding Technology.

Volume production will reportedly start in early 2021.

Mini-LED has some advantages over the LCD and OLED displays you find on most devices out there on the market right now.

For one, they offer higher contrast. They're also less prone to some of the burn-in issues that sometimes plague OLED displays. 

They also provide deeper blacks, higher brightness, and they're also more power-efficient which could help with the iPad Air 4's battery life. 

In addition to this you can expect the iPad Air 4 to come equipped with a new processor which should help in key areas like battery life, overall speed/multitasking, and gaming. 

On top of that, the leaker says the new iPad Air 4 will come with a full screen setup without a notch. To enable this, Apple will reportedly move Touch ID underneath the display. 

We've heard that Apple's been working to deploy this technology across its mobile devices so it'll be interesting to see if the iPad Air 4 is among the first products to get it. 

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