Apple may launch 10.8-inch iPad in 2020, 8.5-inch iPad in 2021

5 months ago 19
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Earlier this year,

Apple

expanded its

iPad

lineup, but it seems that there are more devices that the company is planning to launch in this product category.
According to a report by MacRumors, Apple is going to launch a 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020. This report cites a research note from renowned Apple tipster and former KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The report also claims that in 2021, the company will also launch an 8.5-inch iPad.
The report says that Kuo has not revealed any details whether or not the alleged 10.8-inch iPad model will replace the current 10.2-inch iPad or the 10.5-inch iPad Air.
Kuo, as per the report, has also said that Apple is expected to include a new 20W power adapter in the box with both iPad models.
Last month too, Kuo said that Apple is going to launch one 10.8-inch ‌iPad in the second half of this year‌ and an 8.5-9-inch ‌iPad‌ mini in the first first half of next year. Both these iPad models are claimed to be affordable offerings from the company, following the product strategy of iPhone SE as they too are said to pack latest chipsets.
As per the report, this is what the research note says, “We predict that Apple will launch the new 10.8 inch ‌iPad‌ and 8.5–9 inch ‌iPad‌ mini models in 2H20 and 1H21, respectively. GIS will be the main touch panel supplier. The two new ‌iPad‌ models will follow iPhone SE’s product strategy, and selling points will be the affordable price tag and the adoption of fast chips. We believe that GIS will be the primary touch panel supplier for these two new affordable ‌iPad‌ models because the company is the largest medium-size touch supplier, thanks to the cost advantages of Megasite. We think that two new affordable ‌iPad‌ models will significantly contribute to GIS’s revenue because affordable models account for 60–70% of total ‌iPad‌ shipments.”
Back in April, a report by China Times that was spotted by Macotakara claimed that Apple may unveil an 11-inch iPad Air in the second half of the year. That report doesn’t didn’t shed much light on the alleged 11-inch iPad Air model but did claim that it will be a low-cost iPad Air and will go in mass production in Q3.

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