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  • Several reports and leakers provided details about upcoming iPad models
  • Two leakers claimed that the upcoming iPad Pro models will be more exciting than this year's
  • Another report revealed that the iPad Air and iPad Mini will get a refresh

Several reports on the internet have provided some interesting details about Apple's upcoming iPad models, particularly the iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini.

According to Twitter tipsters @L0vetodream and @choco_bit, two leakers that have released a number of leaks recently, Apple is working on iPad Pros that will prove to be “the most exciting iPad refreshes in ages,” Cult of Mac noted.

iPad Pro

Leaker @choco_bit claimed that there will be two upcoming iPad Pros: a small one codenamed J517 and a big one codenamed J522. Both devices will be powered by an A14X chip that, as the name implies, can be expected to be more powerful than the A12Z on the current iPad Pro and the A13 Bionic powering the iPhone 11 lineup.

Tipster @L0vetodream added that these devices will feature a mini-LED display, which is expected to be better than OLED in terms of color contrast and brightness, as well as power efficiency. Mini-LED will also allow Apple to create thinner, light iPad Pros. The leaker also mentioned that these devices will offer 5G connectivity using a Snapdragon X55 modem.

If these leakers' claims are accurate, Apple's next iPad Pro will be obviously better than the current models in terms of processing power, display quality and connectivity. The X55 modem on the devices will allow them to support both mmWave and sub-6GHz, which means they can be used to browse, stream or do things on the internet faster and in more locations.

iPad Air

According to a report from Japanese blog MacOtakara, the next iPad Air will be arriving later this year and will feature a USB-C port instead of Lightning. This is a welcome change as the only iPads that feature the more universal standard are iPad Pros.

The report said that according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 10.8-inch iPad Air will be arriving within the second half of 2020. Previous reports said this device will be mass-produced starting in the third quarter of the year.

MacOtakara said the upcoming model, the fourth-gen iPad Air, will be “developed based on iPad Pro 11-inch (first generation) by downgrading the rear camera features.” It might, however, come with slimmer bezels and Face ID, iPhoneHacks noted.

iPad Mini

MacOtakara also claimed that the next iPad Mini will have a nine-inch display and will be released in the first half of 2021. This device will continue to have Lightning instead of USB-C.

2020 iPad Pro 2020 iPad Pro with the new Magic Keyboard. Photo: Apple