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Apple to launch iPad Pro, iPad mini, 10.2-inch iPad, ceramic Apple Watch in 2019

Apple plans to introduce new iPad Pros and iPad minis during the 2019 calendar year, along with a new ceramic Apple Watch design, a well-informed Apple analyst said Sunday.

The 2018 iPad Pro.

The 2018 iPad Pro.


TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told clients in a research note that Apple plans to release two new iPad Pro models "with upgraded processors" in 2019, along with a similarly enhanced iPad mini. Apple hasn't touched the Mini line since 2015's Mini 4, to the dismay of people who preferred its pricing and compact design.

Apple's 9.7-inch "budget" iPad — first introduced in 2017 — is expected to grow to 10.2 inches, putting it close to the size of the base 2017 iPad Pro. Last year's model gained Apple Pencil support, but remained behind Pros with Lightning instead of USB-C, and Touch ID instead of Face ID. Its performance was likewise kept slower, and its display missing technologies like ProMotion and True Tone.

The new ceramic casing design for the Apple Watch will emerge sometime this year, as will ECG support in more countries, Kuo added. Ceramic was dropped from Watch options when the Series 4 premiered last fall. This may have been because of poor sales, production issues, or simply because Apple no longer felt it was necessary.

Other upcoming hardware covered in Kuo's memo includes three new iPhones, second-generation AirPods, a 16- to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro, and even a 31.6-inch 6K monitor.