29 January 2020
Apple is reportedly planning to release its first iPhone and iPad Pro models with 5G connectivity in the second half of 2020. This comes from a pair of reports from Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes.
One of its reports states that the new iPad Pro models will be powered by 5nm-based A14 chips likely the A14X for the iPad Pro and they will support the combination of mmWave and Sub-6GHz Qualcomm. The other report comments on the probable launch timeframe of the new iPad Pros. According to the report, the new iPad Pros could launch in the Q3 2020 and most probably in September, alongside the new iPhone launch.
While sharing the intel that the ToF camera modules are expected to be incorporated into 5G iPhone iPad, the report also comments on the launch of the tablets. The report mentions that the iPad Pros could launch in September. This would be unusual though, as Apple typically launches new iPads in October.
There have also been rumors around that Apple could update its iPad Pro lineup in March, with key new features expected to include a triple-lens rear camera, 3D sensing for AR. This could become a reality and MacRumors reasons why. Apple updates its new iPad Pros on roughly an 18-month cycle since 2015 and it will be 18 months in March 2020 since the iPad Pro was last updated in October 2018.
The other iPad Pro lineup with 5G support and A14X chip could then launch in the fall, with other hardware changes. But it’s unknown if this could happen in September or October.
However, this assertion sounds unlikely that Apple could be planning two iPad Pro releases this year, one in March and the other in September or October. It did launch the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro between six months gap but these were of the same generation. Well, we shouldn’t comment further and rather wait for more information to come.