The well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with his latest forecasts about Apple products, according to which a new 10.8 iPad model, an iPad mini, and the long-awaited Apple Glasses will arrive.
In a note to TF Securities investors, Ming-Chi Kuo expects two new iPads to arrive soon. In the second half of 2020, we will see a new 10.8-inch iPad, which should be the usual budget model that would replace the 10.5 model released in 2019 or an update of the iPad Air. While in the first half of 2021, there will be a new iPad mini with an 8.5-inch and 9-inch screen size, a nice increase compared to the current 7.9 inches launched in 2019.
Kuo predicts that these models will follow the iPhone SE product strategy, so both will be accessible and will adopt Apple’s “fast chips”, probably A12/A13 Bionic, exactly as we have seen recently with the iPhone SE, which adopts the same chip as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. For both models, Apple will turn to the longtime supplier GIS for the touch panel.
Ming-Chi Kuo also predicted the launch of the Apple Glasses by 2022. This prediction coincides with what revealed by the Taiwanese site DigiTimes which recently said that Apple’s AR glasses could be launched by 2022 accompanied by another Apple AR device similar to Facebook’s Oculus Quest, but with a more elegant design, thanks to the adoption of light fabrics and materials to make it comfortable to wear for long periods.
Apple Glasses may have a high-resolution display and will likely depend on the iPhone for processing power, in order to keep them thin and light. The glasses are expected to run a new operating system, and Apple is currently working on touch panels, voice activation, and head gestures as control tools.