iPad Air and iPad Pro may have FaceTime landscape camera

by Tim Hardwick

Rumors have it that Apple's future updated iPad Air and OLED iPad Pro models may include a front-facing camera positioned on the side of the device so that it sits vertically in landscape orientation.

Currently ‌iPad Air‌ and both iPad Pro models in Apple's lineup feature a FaceTime camera on the top of the device, which moves the camera off-center when shooting ‌FaceTime‌ challenge in landscape mode.

Appearing to recognize the problem, Apple on the 10th generation iPad moved the front-facing camera to the side of the device so it can be used in landscape rather than portrait mode. Apple did not release ‌iPad‌ since then, but it looks like Apple may be bringing this change to future iPads as well.

In January of this year, code found in iOS 17.4 suggested the next ‌iPad Pro‌ could use a similar design for ‌FaceTime‌ camera. “While setting up ‌Face ID‌ ‌iPad‌ should be in landscape orientation and the camera should be at the top of the screen,” read the code.

Now, a random tipster from Instant Digital on the Chinese social platform Weibo has stated that this change will also affect two rumored new versions of the ‌iPad Air‌, with a diagonal of 10.9 and 12.9 inches.

How Apple achieved the transition to landscape orientation ‌FaceTime‌ camera on the new ‌iPad‌ models are unclear, since the second generation Apple Pencil connects to both the ‌iPad Air‌ and ‌iPad Pro‌ using an inductive magnetic charger along the same side.

But according to rumors, Apple is launching a new ‌Apple Pencil‌ Apart from updated iPads, Apple may have found a solution to this problem. Either way, we should find out soon. Both new ‌iPad Air‌ and ‌OLED ‌iPad‌ Pro‌ The models are expected to be available this month.

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