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.
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 a 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.
Unfortunately, with the fourth-gen iPad Air release now all but confirmed for September, there's a chance this model misses out on mini-LED tech. We could see another iPad Air model launch in 2021, but that's far from confirmed.
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.
Chinese site MyDrivers believes the new iPad Air will feature Apple's A14 processor. The site also claims the device will have four stereo speakers.
On top of that, a 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.
An alleged manual for the iPad Air 4 from leaker DuanRui shows off an all-screen display, but instead of Touch ID underneath the display, it's under the power button.
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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