In a research note to TF International Securities, renowned analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo has yet again predicted that the iPhone SE 2 and a new iPad Pro will arrive in the first half of 2020. It is important to note that the iPad Pro has been predicted to bring a significant amount of changes to the fore, which includes a new time-of-flight sensor coupled with the rear camera. This sensor can accurately measure the distance between two objects using the camera. This sensor can also be used to make 3D maps, making it an excellent addition to an already powerful tablet/computer.
As for the iPhone SE 2, Kuo mentions that it will break cover around the same time as the iPad Pro, and will sell with a price tag of $399 at launch. This is in line with what we’ve previously heard. Kuo has previously mentioned that the iPhone SE 2 will go into production in January 2020 with a possible release timeframe scheduled for March 2020.
As for the features of the iPhone SE 2, the company is reportedly going to introduce new antennas that should significantly boost cellular coverage. The phone has also been rumored to feature the A13 Bionic chip, which is the company’s newest processor that is also used on phones like the iPhone 11 as well as the 11 Pro Max.
While Apple remains focused on the top end and mid-range market segments, the company is somewhat behind in the budget space. This is because manufacturers like Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, and so on have taken over the Asian and European budget smartphone segment with their low-cost offerings. The arrival of a second-gen iPhone SE 2 is one way to rectify that.
What do you make of the iPhone SE 2 and the new iPad Pro?