Hours away from the Apple Event more details about what will be announced are surfacing. Already, Bloomberg and Ming Chi-Kuo have confirmed the absence of the iPhone and the arrival of a new iPad Air and Apple Watch at this year’s September keynote.
We know that the upcoming iPad Air will feature an all-screen design, and Touch ID embedded in the power button, according to Kuo and an earlier leak. Today, Evan Blass who has shared some iPhone leaks in the past reports that the upcoming lower-end model iPad will feature Apple’s A14 chip, initially expected to debut in the iPhone 12 lineup.
Blass, who goes by @evleaks also says that it will feature a USB-C port bringing it in line with the iPad Pro lineup. The current iPad Air uses an A12 Bionic processor, so an update to performance is a given. However, Apple’s A14 chip is widely expected to debut first in the iPhone 12 lineup as one of its flagship features. Apple may feature the iPad with an A14X chip, the sub-type of its flagship iPhone processors designed for the iPad.
If Evan if true, even with the absence of the iPhone at the event we will still learn about the 2020 lineup from the new A14 chip and the specs provided. The leaker goes onto say that the iPad 8th gen. will feature an A12X chip and a lightning port. Confirming to Bloomberg and others, Evan says a new Apple Watch and Apple Watch SE will be announced, both featuring LTE variants.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is also reporting that an iPad, likely the iPad Air 4 will be the first device to get an A14 chip and not the iPhone 12.