What could we hope to see from Apple’s next full-sized iPad: the iPad Air 2, iPad 6, or whatever you want to call it? Sure, rumors have flirted with the idea of a new, larger iPad, and there will almost certainly be another iPad mini this year, but what about the standard 9.7-inch slate? Some new photos have just leaked, and while they don’t seem to show much at first, a closer examination suggest Apple is making some big changes to the tablet’s internals.
Layout-wise, the front panel you see here doesn’t appear to differ much from the current iPad Air: same front-facer, thin side bezels, and home button placement. How do we even know this is a new iPad model?
Well, unlike the current iPad Air which has its LCD panel separate from its front glass/digitizer, this appears to be an all-in-one construction. While not by much, that consolidation could free up precious sub-millimeters within the tablet’s body, affording Apple either that much more room to cram in a larger battery, or simply make the tablet itself a little thinner.
Of course, that’s assuming that these pics are the real deal, and while there’s nothing here that immediately has us concerned, we’d still love to see confirmation of this new component design from additional sources.