Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
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Apple's next iPad Pro will come with 3D cameras, reckons oracle Kuo

Apple's next iPad Pro will come with 3D cameras, reckons oracle Kuo

According to Kuo, the upcoming iPhone SE 2 will sport an iPhone 8-inspired design structure and feature the newest A13 Bionic chip.

The iPad Pro is believed to include a "rear-facing 3D time-of-flight sensor" that could enhance its augmented reality performance.

The new Apple product will be sold as an accessory to the iPhone, which means it is expected to be slim and lightweight.

Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple is preparing to release the iPhone SE 2, a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook and an augmented reality (AR) headset by the first half of 2020.

Kuo first said that Apple's AR glasses are coming in 2020 back in March, but this time his timeline is a bit more precise - and he's got a few new details about the gadget itself. The AR headset will primarily take a display role while offloading computing, networking, and positioning to the iPhone. This latest prediction also corroborates another earlier report by Bloomberg which had stated that Apple is planning to debut a new laser-powered 3D camera with the iPad Pro to be released in spring 2020.

That said, for anyone thinking about saving up so they can actually buy Apple's AR headset at launch, you may want to hold off for now.

Besides the new AR glasses, Kuo also predicted the launch of more Apple products. There's a good chance this initial headset may only be a developer kit and not a device slated for a full consumer release, as there isn't much of a reason to sell AR glasses if there's no content to go with it. The first of these MacBooks is a 16 inch model which we are expecting tot launch this month, other new models will be launched next year. This sensor could be quite similar to the TrueDepth camera technology that is present in the iPhone and it will assist the iPad Pro in enhancing image quality and improving AR experiences.

But interestingly, Kuo failed to mention either of the up-and-coming MacBook Pro or MacBook Air laptops that have been rumored earlier, according to Forbes.

Past Kuo rumors suggest that the Apple device would be ready in time by the middle of next year.

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