Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the next iPad will launch later in 2020

The next iPad Mini may look very different. (Source: Apple)
The next iPad Mini may look very different. (Source: Apple)
The eminent TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's latest round of Apple predictions include a rough launch date for an upcoming iPad with a 10.8-inch display. They also allude to another tablet of this series that would involve a re-imagining of the Mini variant for 2021. Both of them may get the OEM's rumored new 20 watt (W) power brick in the box.

Ming-Chi Kuo's latest research note, allegedly intercepted by MacRumors, pertains to a new potential iPad with a 10.8-inch display that would be rather atypical for this line of slates. According to the analyst, it will launch some time in the second half of 2020 (2H2020). Kuo may also now project when the next Mini-variant will do the same.

It seems this new tablet will have to wait until 1H2021 for its unveiling. Kuo has also indicated that it will have a display measuring 8.5 inches in length. This may strike some fans of the iPad Mini and its portability as bad news, but may also mean it is finally ready to lose those extremely traditional bezels and adopt a more edge-to-edge look.

On the other hand, this may mean it will forfeit the front-facing home button (so handy for the face-mask era) found on the 2019 iteration. Kuo has another potential new iPad tip: both of these potential new generations may get a 20W power brick as standard.

This is the same next-gen Apple charger rumored not to ship with at least some of its upcoming smartphones. In fact, the analyst's references to this putative accessory suggest that it will be a standalone product only. This is a further blow to the chances of the the iPhone 12 line having anything beside a charging cable in the box this year.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-06-30 (Update: 2020-06-30)
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