All-New iPad Air
With this year’s iPad Pro out of the way, the biggest remaining question for the tablet lineup is what Apple plans to do with its non-Pro tablets. Apple added a new mid-tier model when it resurrected the iPad Air last year, which was really just a hybrid between the entry-level iPad and Apple’s earlier 2017 iPad Pro.
However, a series of reports and leaks suggests that Apple may be taking steps to take its iPad Air up a notch to make it even more mid-range, suggesting that it could get a physical design similar to the iPad Pro, with an edge-to-edge display, while incorporating an in-display Touch ID sensor rather than the more expensive Face ID system.
Our take: This makes sense for a whole lot of reasons, not the least of which is that right now the iPad Air and entry-level iPad look virtually identical to the untrained eye, so it would help to give the mid-range model a bit more cachet. Further, the larger iPad Air screen might be the perfect place for Apple to debut the in-display Touch ID sensor tech we’ve been hearing about for years.