Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed in his latest research note that Apple may launch its long-rumoured augmented reality-based Apple Glasses in 2022, (via MacRumors). Kuo also said that updated 10.8 inch iPad and 8.5–9 inch iPad mini models will release in the second half of 2020 and the first half of 2021 respectively.
Earlier reports from DigiTimes and The Information have also suggested a 2022 launch of Apple’s AR glasses, featuring a high-resolution display with reliance on the iPhone for processing power to keep them as sleek as possible. The glasses are expected to run a new rOS or reality OS and support voice activation, and head gestures.
Regarding the new iPads, the veteran analyst believes the two new models will follow the iPhone SE’s product strategy suggesting affordable price points.
“The two new iPad models will follow iPhone SE’s product strategy, and selling points will be the affordable price tag and the adoption of fast chips. We believe that GIS will be the primary touch panel supplier for these two new affordable iPad models because the company is the largest medium-size touch supplier, thanks to the cost advantages of Megasite. We think that two new affordable iPad models will significantly contribute to GIS’s revenue because affordable models account for 60–70% of total iPad shipments.”
Kuo has previously claimed that Apple was working on an iPad mini with a mini-LED display that could be released as soon as late 2020.