iPad Pro with 3D ToF sensor launching in Q1 2020, Apple AR headset in Q2: Ming-Chi Kuo

“Apple will reportedly launch iPhone SE 2 and iPad Pro with 3D ToF sensor in Q1 2020, MacBook with scissor-switch keys and AR headset in Q2, and 5G-enabled iPhone in Q3”

According to a new research note by TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is apparently planning on releasing the iPhone SE 2 and new iPad Pro models in Q1 2020. Moreover, these will be followed by a new Apple AR headset in Q2 2020. The analyst claims that the Cupertino giant will collaborate with third-party brands to release the first batch of augmented-reality headsets. As for the iPad Pro models, they are expected to feature a rear-facing 3D time-of-flight sensor. Like with the TrueDepth camera system on the latest iPhone and iPad, the said iPad models should be able to capture depth data accurately.

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The Apple AR headset would be driven by the CPU, GPU, and network connectivity of a wirelessly connected iPhone

The iPhone SE 2 is expected to come with A13 SoC and feature an iPhone 8-like design. This means it should have thick bezels and perhaps the home button with Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Apple’s augmented-reality headset launch time frame is in-line with code found in iOS 13 and Kuo’s earlier report from March. It would be driven by the CPU, GPU and network connectivity of a wirelessly connected iPhone. However, the design of it and the real-world use cases aren’t immediately clear. It is unknown if it would work like glasses or as a gaming AR helmet.

Furthermore, a new MacBook with scissor-switch keys is also said to be making its way in the second quarter of 2020. It isn’t clear if the analyst is referring to the 16-inch MacBook Pro model that is reported to go official sometime before the year-end. There’s also a possibility it could be a different model altogether. However, a recent report claimed that Apple would be launching the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and iPad Pro at an event later this month. Lastly, the report also mentioned that Apple would catch up with the iPhone 11 demand by the end of the current quarter.

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Apple iPhone SE 2
Apple A13 Bionic | 3 GBProcessor
4.7 inches Display
12 MPRear camera
7 MPSelfie camera
1960 mAh Battery
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