Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared a new note for investors today that speaks not only of new iPads but also of Apple Glasses. According to Kuo, Apple will release two new iPads between the end of this year and the beginning of next year, while for Apple glasses we must wait until 2022. Kuo says, first of all, that Apple will launch a new 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020, followed by a new one iPad mini between 8.5 inches and 9 inches in the first half of the 2021. According to the analyst, the strengths of these iPads will be "the affordable price and the adoption of powerful chips", just like the new iPhone SE.
New 10.8-inch iPad and iPad mini coming soon
This Kuo report comes after a previous rumors iPad Air update (which apparently could arrive in the market with sensor Touch ID under screen) and draws the attention of all those who are considering buying in a new tablet. Apple currently offers the 10.2-inch iPad at 389, and the 10.5-inch iPad Air at 569. It is unclear whether the new 10.8-inch iPad "at affordable price", To which Kuo refers today, is a new version of the 10.2-inch iPad or 10.5-inch iPad Air", although we are more likely to think it will be for the 10.2-inch device given the price range in which it will have to be placed. If that were the case, just like with the iPhone SE, Apple would be working for widen its user base, trying to involve even those who are not willing to spend high amounts on a tablet.
As for theiPad mini, which appears to arrive in the first semester of the 2021, no hardware details are known, but the screen size is interesting. Apple currently sells the iPad mini with a 7.9-inch display in 459.00. The current device shows up with A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, the 7.9 ″ Retina display with True Tone technology, and the possibility of using Apple Pencil. Apple may be investigating how to reduce the size of the iPad mini bezel to provide a larger display 8.5-inch / 9-inch. It is not clear if in this case the Home button would be eliminated, perhaps bringing Touch ID or Face ID under the screen.