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New iPads with bigger screens said to be coming, Apple Glasses to arrive in 2022

By Cookie Monster - on 15 May 2020, 7:54am

New iPads with bigger screens said to be coming, Apple Glasses to arrive in 2022

The 2019 Apple iPad Air.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's latest investor note suggests new iPad hardware are coming this year while the Apple Glasses should launch in 2022. 

According to Kuo, Apple is planning to launch a new 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of this year and a iPad mini with display size of between 8.5-inches and 9.0-inches in the first half of 2021. Like the new iPhone SE,  these new iPad models are likely to come with affordable price tags and fast processors. 

It is unclear whether the 10.8-inch iPad and 9.0-inch iPad mini are part of the rumoured six new Mini-LED products that were supposedly planned for this year, but were pushed back to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is also possible that the 10.8-inch iPad could replace the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad and 10.5-inch iPad Air. 

Apple is expected to shrink the bezel sizes on these iPad models to fit the bigger displays. This could also mean that there may not be sufficient space to house the Touch ID button, which is line with a separate report last month about an iPad Air with an in-display Touch ID in the pipeline.

As for the Apple Glasses, Kuo expects the digital glasses to be launched in 2022 "at the earliest". He foresees a difficult and expensive manufacturing process for the Apple Glasses due to the multi-layered approach to "create innovative MR/AR user experiences".

The 2022 timeline is also reported by The Information; Apple executives revealed plans to launch the digital glasses in 2022 at an internal presentation last year. The digital glasses are expected to come with holographic displays in their lenses and sync with the iPhone to show texts, emails, maps and games over the user's field of vision. 

Source: 9to5Mac