According to a China Times report spotted by Mac Otakara, Cupertino-based tech giant, Apple may reveal a brand new 23-inch iMac along with an 11-inch iPad Air model in the second half of 2020. The report does not go deeper into details about these alleged devices but does claim that it will be a low-cost iPad Air and will go under mass production in the third quarter of 2020.
Apple only has one 11-inch model for the iPad at the moment, and that is the smaller iPad Pro. But the China Times report indicates that the upcoming iPad will be a low-cost model to follow on from the affordable iPhone SE, thus likely ruling out the “Pro” label.
23-inch iMac and 11-inch iPad coming soon
The report also talks about the iMac and claims that this will be a low-priced model with a 23-inch display. It is a different size to the iMac models currently available in 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions. The cheapest iMac you can get right now costs around $1,099, but is a long way behind the next-cheapest $1,299 model, as it lacks SSD and Retina display.
Apple’s new iPad is scheduled for mass production in the third quarter. It is understood that the third quarter has entered the peak of iPad shipments, and the monthly shipments have reached 2 million to 3 million units. The iMac is planned for the end of the third quarter and the fourth quarter. The initial mass production is infused with the growth momentum of related suppliers’ shipments in the second half of the year. – the report claims.
Tech gurus expect that Apple might keep one of the current iMacs as the budget option when it updates the range, so we believe that the new 23-inch redesign would likely start at $1,299. It is possible that this new size will replace the 21.5-inch iMac, adopting a similar design but with much thinner bezels, thereby achieving a larger display.
The China Times report also includes a note on Apple’s mini-LED plans. The company is rumored to roll out this high-end technology in its top-of-the-line Macs and iPads some time between late 2020 and mid-2021. Just last month, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the mini-LED MacBook Pro would not been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, sources claim that mass production of Mini-LED products could be delayed till 2021 as Apple is working on at least six new products with mini-LED displays that may be released by the end of 2021. A smaller HomePod with a more affordable price tag is also said to be in the pipeline.