We’re pretty used to Apple’s release cycles by now. With iOS devices we don’t expect brand new designs every year. In most cases, we get a new look once every two years. Sometimes three. And the latest leak seemingly confirms the pattern is still in full force.
Chinese social network Weibo has leaked an image of what is purported to be the next iPad Air’s rear shell, and it looks almost exactly the same as the current generation model. The only differences are the redesigned, larger machined holes on the bottom edge for the stereo speakers and the microphone hole near the camera cutout.
So far, since Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, we’ve only really seen 3 designs for the 9.7-inch model. First generation model had flat edges, and the iPad 2,3 and 4 all virtually had the same look with a few differences in thickness. iPad Air was a totally new look, taking influence from the iPad mini which first hit store shelves in 2013. Its slimmer bezel and thinner frame were a welcome addition last fall, and I don’t see any reason to change it now (or maybe even, ever). Almost a year later, and I love the tablet as much as I did when it was launched. It’s the perfect device. (For me at least).
It’s expected Apple will unveil the next generation of iPads at an event sometime this Octoboer/November, as it has done for the past few years. Just in time for holiday season.