Bad news, new Apple Macbook Pro and iPad Pro won’t arrive anytime soon
APPLE is planning a pretty dramatic revamp of its Macbook Pro and iPad Pro range this year, according to the latest whispers. But those who had been hoping the new hardware would arrive in time for Christmas will be sorely disappointed, if this latest report is anything to go by.
The former could get the same triple-camera seen on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, as well as the possible inclusion of improved Face ID that works in a greater number of angles, and faster A13 system-on-a-chip.
Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an unmatched track record when it comes to as-yet unannounced Apple hardware, also claims Apple will bring a Time Of Flight (ToF) sensor to the back of the new iPad Pro. Like Face ID, this will be able to scan in three-dimensions.
But while Face ID is tuned to work with a face centimetres away from the handset, the ToF will be able scan the surroundings to map out the inside of a room.
This will help Apple boost photo quality, especially with Portrait Mode images that add a bokeh-style blur behind the subject.
It will also help with Augmented Reality (AR) applications, which add digital objects to the real world that users can interact with. It’s unclear whether this ToF sensor will be in addition to the wide-angle, telephoto and ultra-wide cameras we saw on the iPhone 11 Pro.
Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro is due to get a head-to-toe revamp.
Apple is widely-rumoured to the ditch the problematic Butterfly Keyboard, which is now covered by an extended warranty because due to ongoing reliability issues with the low-travel keys, in favour of a redesign scissor-keyboard mechanism.
The new MacBook Pro will sport a 16-inch display that bleeds to the very edge of the chassis, with just enough room for a Face ID module in the minute bezel. From the outside, it sounds like the display will look pretty similar to the iPad Pro.
Although previous whispers had suggested the new iPad Pro and MacBook Pro would land this year (Apple typically holds an event for its Mac and iPad series in October), analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now believes these radically redesigned devices won’t hit shelves until 2020.
If you’re unhappy with the Butterfly Keyboard on the current MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro… that’s bad news as you’ll have more of a wait.
According to Kuo, there’s something else planned for the first few months of the new year too – the long-rumoured iPhone SE 2. Based on the latest leak, it seems like the new handset will look almost identical to the iPhone 8, but with the A13 chipset that debuted in the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
It’s not usual for Apple to hold a hardware event around March, so that’s most likely when we’d expect to see these devices – if Ming-Chi Kuo’s report is accurate. Given his track record, that seems like a safe bet… but as always, it’s still worth taking all of this with a sizeable pinch of salt.