Apple has plans to release a new 10.8-inch iPad and a brand new iPad mini with a display that could measure 9-inch, as per a new investor note from renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and posted on MacRumors.
The report also notes a potential 2022 launch date for Apple’s speculated reality glasses. The new 10.8-inch iPad is planned to launch in the second half of this year, but the new iPad mini, which will pack a screen size that’s anywhere between 8.5 and 9 inches, will be released in the first part of 2021, Kuo said. Both devices will sport affordable prices, the report also noted.
Apple Glasses for AR or VR Devices
It is not clear yet how these new iPads might slip into Apple’s current iPad range or if they would be replacing existing models. The most affordable iPad, which costs $329, has a 10.2-inch screen, while the iPad Air whose price is $499, sports a 10.5-inch display, meaning that, obviously, a 10.8-inch iPad would have a larger screen than both those models, and will probably also be more expensive than those two versions.
An iPad mini with an up to 9-inch screen would also be a big leap from the current iPad mini’s 7.9-inch display.
Besides the new iPads, Kuo also mentioned in his report that Apple’s augmented reality glasses could be released in 2022 at the earliest. There have been numerous speculations about some type of AR handset from Apple, and The Information reported back in November that the Cupertino-based tech giant is actually developing two separated devices: an AR headset that launches in 2022 and a pair of AR glasses that will be released a year later.
It is rather unclear which of these products Kuo may have been mentioned, if either or them. Apple has announced today that it purchased the virtual reality company NextVR, indicating that the company keeps investing in technology that could probably be used in some kind of AR or VR device.