KEY POINTS

  • A new leak showed images of the iPad Air 4's alleged manual
  • The images provide interesting details about the device
  • Apple might announce the new device alongside others soon

Images of the alleged fourth-gen iPad Air have leaked online, giving consumers a glimpse of the upcoming device's features.

A Twitter user named DuanRui posted images of what appears to be a manual for the iPad Air 4. The photos show that Apple will introduce major design changes to the slim iPad model, including the removal of a familiar feature that users have seen since the first model was released.

Here's a quick rundown of what the Cupertino tech giant did to the new device, if the images are accurate.

Goodbye Home button

Based on the images, the iPad Air 4 may no longer have a physical Home button. This means the new device will be the first to do away with the familiar feature that lets users go back to the main Home screen with just one press.

Touch ID

The manual shown in the images also indicates that the iPad Air 4 will use Touch ID as an authentication method.

Previous reports speculated that this could be done using an in-display fingerprint reader, but the leak reveals that this isn't the case. The Touch ID sensor will be embedded in the Power button located at the side of the device.

Thinner Bezels

The images show that the iPad Air 4 will have thinner bezels compared to older models. This, of course, can be attributed to the removal of the Home button. The thin bezels also indicate that the device won't have Face ID as the components needed for this security feature require a bit of space.

The thin bezels will also mean that Apple will be able to place a wider display on the device without having to increase the size of its casing. Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said this year's iPad Air will have a 10.8-inch display.

Single Rear Camera

The leaked images also reveal that the iPad Air 4 will only have one camera at the back. But the snaps do not reveal the camera's specs. 

This falls in line with previous reports from Japanese blog MacOtakara, which said the device will be “developed based on iPad Pro 11-inch (first generation) by downgrading the rear camera features.”

All that said, nothing is final at the moment. The leaked images, if accurate, indicate that the device is nearing its release – coinciding with reports from noted leaker Jon Prosser, who said new iPads will be announced or launched in September.

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