Apple is expected to release a new 10.8-inch iPad later this year. The company is also expected to launch a new 8.5-inch iPad Mini in the first half of 2021, according to respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
In a report published by MacRumors, Kuo released a new research note which described Apple’s plans to release two new iPads. The first model Kuo noted in his notes was a 10.8-inch iPad. Kuo did not specify if this would be the fourth-generation iPad Air which is expected this year or a refresh of the current 10.2-inch iPad. This model is expected to launch by the end of 2020.
The second model in Kuo’s notes is a 8.5-inch iPad Mini. Kuo has previously predicted that the new iPad Mini, which may also be a refresh, will release in the first half of 2021.
Alongside the news of the two new devices, Kuo also went on to detail that he expects Apple to include the new 20 W power adapter in the box of both devices. Last week, photos of a new 20 W adapter was leaked online. At the time, it was believed that the new adapter was to be included in the box with the iPhone 12 upon launch. It appears as though this may not be the case and that the new adapter will be included with the new iPads.
Kuo believes that the 20 W power adapter will be an optional accessory, purchased separately. This weekend, additional research notes were identified, reading that Kuo claims the iPhone 12 will not include a power adapter nor wired EarPods. This move to remove accessories from the box is suggested to offset the price of 5G networking components.
However Apple plans to frame these announcements, they will likely come to light during the company’s next “Special Event” in September. The upcoming keynote is expected to announce new devices and 5G networking plans.