iPad 2020 rumors: The iPad could get a backlit scissor-switch Smart Keyboard

It’s been over a year since Apple released the current 11- and 12.9 inch iPad Pros, so they’re due for an update—which means the rumor mill for these products is going to start churning more frequently. We’ll keep track of the latest rumors here, until the eventual release of the new iPads.

The latest rumor: backlit iPad Smart Keyboard with scissor switches

According to the Taiwanese publication DigiTimes (which has an uneven reputation for rumors), Apple might release a Smart Keyboard with a scissor-switch design for the upcoming iPad Pro. This new keyboard might also have backlit keys, the report claims. As reported by MacRumors, this conflicts with an earlier report from reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claimed last July that the keys for the next iPad would still have a rubber dome design.

Scissor-switch keyboards are very much on Apple’s mind lately. Last year, it updated the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor-switch keyboard instead of the unpopular butterfly keyboards it’d stood by for years, and relatively recent rumors suggest the upcoming 13-inch model will get a scissor-switch keyboard, too.

It’d be interesting to see how a scissor-switch iPad Smart Keyboard would work. If Apple’s rumored Smart Keyboard turns out to be anything like what we saw on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, it’ll basically amount to the same thing. For many, that means a more pleasant typing experience.

Triple-lens cameras for the iPad Pro

OnLeaks (a.k.a Steve H. McFly) has created images based on information he received of what is thought to be the next 11- and 12.9 inch iPad Pros. The images, posted by iGeeksBlog, show the tablets with a triple-lens camera, similar to camera found on the iPhone 11 Pro.

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What a triple-lens camera on the iPad Pro models may look like,

OnLeaks says that the dimensions of the 11-inch iPad Pro could be the same as the current model. No information was provided about the dimensions of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. But since the iPads will have the triple-lens camera, it’s possible that the tablets will be a bit thicker.

The “official looking” images depict the iPad with both an aluminum and glass back, because OnLeaks did not receive information about the case. So OnLeaks created renders showing both materials.

Time-of-flight 3D

We’ve heard plenty of rumors that suggest the 2020 iPhone will have time-of-flight 3D sensors for its rear camera, but a new report from South Korea’s The Elec (via MacRumors) suggests we’ll soon see them in the 2020 iPad Pro, too. We may even see them sooner, as the report claims Apple plans to release the models in March of 2020.