Ming-Chi Kuo, essentially the most correct and prolific Apple analyst, has one other sizzling tip for us. This time round, it appears to be like like Apple’s iPhone SE 2 will launch within the first quarter of 2020 and the corporate’s long-rumored augmented actuality headset is being prepped for launch within the second quarter of the identical yr, in response to excerpts of a Chinese language-language report translated to English.
That’s coming upon us fairly rapidly, particularly contemplating the years of anticipation, rumors, and hypothesis following the 2016 launch of Apple’s smaller, least-expensive iPhone possibility, the iPhone SE. As we reported earlier this month, Kuo signifies that the brand new SE may have a kind very similar to the iPhone eight, 3GB RAM, and beginning storage capability of 32GB. Pricing, sadly, is just not among the many particulars.
Equally, rumors of Apple’s AR headset have swirled for years. In July, reviews of the AR mission being axed had circulated, however extra lately, traces of code present in iOS 13 pointed to Apple’s AR headset being very a lot alive.
Kuo’s newest particulars counsel that Apple’s new AR headset will primarily be a show system, wirelessly offloading processing duties to a related iPhone. Additional, he specifies that Apple will work with third-party manufacturers to launch the primary headsets. It will be fairly uncharacteristic of Apple to have one other firm construct the whole product, however sourcing specific elements from outdoors producers is widespread follow for the tech large. Manufacturers like TSMC and Samsung have equipped elements for current iPhones, however no specific names have but been talked about as companions on the AR headset.
In the identical report, Kuo affords particulars that time to the inclusion of a TrueDepth digicam on the again of two potential iPad Professional successors tipped to be launched within the first quarter of 2020, together with the iPhone SE successor. That is presumably a function meant to bolster AR efficiency within the iPad lineup, which might coincide properly with the next launch of an AR headset the next quarter.
Lastly, the report suggests the Kuo sees an upcoming launch of a Macbook with scissor-switch keys within the second quarter, as properly. It’s unclear at the moment which Macbook mannequin is being referenced however this might line up with the upcoming 16-inch Macbook Professional, beforehand tipped by Kuo to have this keyboard expertise.