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New iPad sizes detailed in anonymous leak

iPad Pro and iPad Air could have similar sized lineups

All signs point to multiple iPads launching in the first half of 2024, but a new leak has detailed exactly what customers can expect, at least in terms of dimensions.

There have been multiple claims stating that the next iPad Air could come in two sizes like the iPad Pro. The new 12.9-inch iPad Air would lack a mini-LED backlight but would otherwise benefit from the larger size.

According to a new leak from an anonymous source speaking to 9to5Mac, the exact dimensions of the new iPad Pros and iPad Airs have been revealed. The iPad Pros are slightly slimmer, and the new larger iPad Air could be using the same chassis as the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The next-generation 11-inch iPad Air will retain the dimensions of the existing model.

Here are the new dimensions:

  • 11-inch iPad Air (current and new): 247.6 mm x 178.5 mm x 6.1 mm
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (current): 247.6 mm x 178.5 mm x 5.9 mm
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (new): 249.7 mm x 177.5 mm x 5.1 mm
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (current): 280.6 mm x 214.9 mm x 6.4 mm
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (new): 281.5 mm x 215.5 mm x 5.0 mm
  • 12.9-inch iPad Air (new): 280.6 mm x 214.9 mm x 6.0 mm

Understanding new dimensions

It seems the 12.9-inch iPad Air could use the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro chassis, while the new iPad Pro models have an entirely new chassis. Apple sometimes recycles case designs, especially when moving designs to lower-priced products.

The 12.9-inch iPad Air is identical in length and width but slightly thinner by 0.4 mm than the iPad Pro. That's such a small margin it could be attributed to rounding error, but it likely indicates the different display technology and not a different case design, but that won't be known until the actual products are in hand.

The updated iPad Pros don't have consistently changing dimensions except for getting thinner by about 1 mm.

The 11-inch iPad Pro gets slightly longer by 2.1 mm, loses a little width by 1 mm, and gets thinner by 0.8 mm. This adjustment doesn't make much sense given that Apple is expected to move the selfie camera to the long side, meaning it likely needs more width, not less.

However, the 11-inch iPad Pro has always been slightly less square than the larger model, which may be attributed to these specific alterations.

A render of an iPad Pro's many display layers
Differences in thickness could be attributed to display technology

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has an even more confusing dimension change. It's gaining 0.9 mm in length and 0.6 mm in width.

It is inexplicable why the 11-inch iPad Pro would be losing width while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is gaining width, at least according to this anonymous leak. It seems more likely that the width would need to increase on both models to allow for a landscape-oriented selfie camera.

We're rating this rumor as possible, not likely, if only because it is impossible to verify the accuracy of an unknown source. It seems possible that these metrics could be accurate, but only time will tell.

During a March event, Apple could announce the new iPad Pro and iPad Air lineups. An Apple Event hasn't been announced, but rumors and code seem to indicate new product announcements are due soon.