Apple will launch a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air later in 2020, both of which are powered by Apple Silicon processors, according to DigiTimes. The same report also claims that an iPad comes in a new 10.8-inch size at about the same time.
DigiTimes cited sources that backlit MacBook and iPad devices will ship in the third quarter of 2020, before the final products will be launched later this year.
The report comes to a conclusion similar to that recently published by well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In early July, Kuo said he believed Apple might be able to launch the MacBook Air first. The 13-inch MacBook Pro could come a little later, and Kuo suggests that it could go into production in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Both the Kuo and DigiTimes reports indicate that Apple is on the right track to launch its first Apple Silicon Macs by the end of the year. The company explicitly promised this at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2020, at which Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the transition from Intel processors to their own customized chips. According to Cook, this change would take about two years.
An affordable iPad with a killer feature
Apple does not currently sell a 10.8-inch iPad. Instead, the next offerings are the 11-inch iPad Pro, the 10.5-inch iPad Air and the 10.2-inch iPad. The new 10.8-inch case could have the same redesigned case that the iPad Pro received in 2018, with sleek bezels and no home button to make room for a much more spacious display.
Given DigiTimes' mention of the low cost of the upcoming iPad, the 10.2-inch iPad appears to be the most likely candidate for this redesign.
The DigiTimes report also notes that its sources believe the device will sell well: “The sales prospects for the new 10.8-inch iPad devices are also positive as the new line of high-performance CPUs increases cheaper prices will be available sources are given. "
According to Leaker L0vetodream, this "high-performance CPU" will be the A12 that is currently used in the iPad Air. In fact, the only iPad that isn't currently included in the A12 processor generation is the 10.2-inch iPad that uses the A10 processor introduced in 2016. This confirms the idea that the 10.8-inch iPad represents a redesign of this special model, which corresponds to the chip functions of the other iPads from Apple.
Equipped with such a powerful chip and a very affordable price, the 10.8-inch iPad could be the tablet to beat when it hits the market later this year. We will be on hand with our impressions as soon as we get one.