Somewhat unsurprisingly, photos of physical mockups (dummy units) purportedly representing the next-generation full-sized iPad Air have surfaced. This comes after several weeks of iPhone 6 dummy shots that solely differ by camera angles. These units are generally created by case makers, so they may have some inaccuracies. Nonetheless, here’s what whoever made these physical mockups is expecting based on whatever information they obtained from the Apple supply chain. As you can see in the image above, the next Air appears to be nearly identical in design to the current Air. More images below:
While the images do not show any new functionality, some of the pictures indicate a redesigned volume rocker control panel that is recessed into the iPad. It is unclear what benefit this offers. There also appears to be a new hole on the side of the device, but it’s purpose is unclear. It actually looks like the SIM-eject hole on the current iPads, but it does not appear connected to a SIM tray on this dummy unit. Another possibility is that it is a relocated or additional microphone for improved voice input.
The power switch also appears recessed on the top of the device and there is also now a microphone beside the rear camera lens like on the iPhone and iPod touch.
Above is another shot of the side profile with a larger angle of view.