A new report suggests Apple is working to release a new 23in iMac this year along with an 11in iPad. It’s most likely that the iPad will be an iPad Air rather than the entry-level iPad due to the rumour being it’ll incorporate under-display Touch ID.
This would be a first on an Apple device, so would be unlikely to debut on the cheapest iPad.
The report in China Times was picked up by Macotakara and also claims that Apple’s scheduled move to mini-LED screen technology in its products, which could include iPhone, iPad and Mac, has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and won’t surface until 2021.
Instead, a 23in iMac could give the often-forgotten iMac a bit of love. Despite it being a top quality and bestselling desktop computer, the iMac doesn’t get as much tech media love as Apple’s other products. Part of this may be down to its similar design year after year.
But a redesign to a 23in display, potentially in a similar or smaller size to the current 21.5in model, could revitalise the iMac.
As for the iPad rumour, the report doesn’t state which model would grow to 11in, though it’ll likely be the 102.in entry level iPad or the 10.5in iPad Air. As said, if the low-end model gets a larger screen, it’s highly unlikely to introduce in-display fingerprint Touch ID.
The report suggests Apple’s 2020 strategy will lean into the more affordable products in its line up, possibly as people are willing to spend less frivolously during the pandemic. Following on from the iPhone SE launch, a low-end iMac and iPad redesign would make sense in line with this rumour.