The analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple is preparing the launch of iPhone SE 2 and the new iPad Pro models for the first half of 2020. These would be followed up with the Apple AR headset release in the second half of the year.
The above-mentioned predictions were published in a new Chinese-language report by Ming-Chi Kuo who claims that Apple will collaborate with ‘third-party brands’ to launch its first round of iPhone accessory augmented-reality headsets.
Reportedly, the new iPad Pro devices will feature a rear-facing 3D time-of-flight sensor. Just like the TrueDepth camera system on the iPad and iPhone, the new iPads will be able to get accurate depth data of the world around them.
In fact, the news about the upcoming iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter is not a surprise, as Ming-Chi Kuo previously said as much earlier this week. Nikkei also reported that an A13 iPhone SE 2 is coming in the early 2020, with an iPhone 8-esque design.
The purported augmented-reality headset launch schedule lines up with multiple code findings in iOS 13 and Kuo’s report from March. Nevertheless, Apple’s actual plans for stereo AR are currently unrevealed.
What is interesting here, is that the timeline in Kuo’s report suggests that a MacBook with scissor switch keys is also coming in the second half of 2020. There is no information if Kuo is referring to the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro or any other MacBook model. The Apple analyst has previously said that Apple would transition all MacBooks to the new scissor switch keyboard design across 2020, starting with the MacBook Pro this year.
As usual, Ming-Chi Kuo refers to devices precisely, so the information on MacBook Pro would state ‘MacBook Pro’. For that reason, it is quite possible that today’s mention refers to a different Apple laptop line.