An unconfirmed rumor from China this week claims Apple plans to debut new iPad Pro and iPad variants in October, both of which will move from single-lens rear cameras to multi-sensor matrix.
Cites a Chinese supply chain source, Mac Otakara on Saturday reports that Apple's next-generation iPad Pro can use a triple lens camera, while a 10.2-inch iPad could benefit from a dual-sensor solution similar on iPhone XS.
Both models were rumored to be launched in October, the person said.
AppleInsider failed to confirm the truth of Mac Otakara's claims.
The Japanese publication has a decent track record of predicting Apple's hardware moves, and often hiding information from third-party case makers made note of leaked forms in the months before a major product unveiling.
As for the Triple and Dual Lens iPads, Mac Otakaras source said that charts of related accessories are currently "floating around." Whether the devices in question are official Apple products or third-party add-ons is unknown.
Adopting multi-sensor rear-facing cameras in two new iPad's would be a unique move for Apple, as the company has yet to move dual-lens shooting games to the tablet, despite the technology being first integrated into 2016's iPhone 7 Plus. The setup, which includes a wide-angle and "telephoto lens", was later used in 2017's iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, and last year's iPhone XS and XS Max.
In February, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted an iPad mini-update, saying he expected the existing 9.7-inch iPad, last updated in March 2018, to get a 10.2-inch LCD screen. Apple then released a refurbished iPad mini in March along with a new 10.5-inch iPad Air, the latter of which effectively outperformed the second-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Apple's iPad Pro has not been updated since the line received a massive full-face redesign and Face ID in October 2018, while the latest 9.7-inch iPad variant saw release in March 2018. Both models are due for a refresh .
If today's rumor is true, Apple's iPad Pro and iPad lines will sport camera technology similar to that of their contemporary iPhone for the first time. This year's top iPhone, which is expected to be launched in September, is widely known for taking advantage of a triple-sensor camera design with a new super-wide-angle lens.