Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has published his research note of predictions for Apple’s fall lineup — and it’s a doozy, via 9to5Mac.
IT HAS BEEN 1,364 DAYS SINCE APPLE UPDATED THE MAC MINI
Kuo’s note claims that in addition to the three new iPhone models already rumored to launch, Apple will also update almost all of its Mac and MacBook lineup (including the long-suffering Mac mini). He also says that Apple will introduce new bezel-less Face ID iPads, update the Apple Watch with bigger displays, and release a new pair of AirPods and the AirPower wireless charger that was announced last year.
That’s a lot to take in, so let’s break it all down:
iPhones: The three iPhone rumor for this fall is unchanged. Three new models are expected: an updated version of the iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED screen, a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus OLED model, and a 6.1-inch midrange LCD model that should borrow the Face ID and bezel-less design of the iPhone X at a lower price point.
Macs: Kuo claims that the MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac mini (yes, really) are all slated for upgrades this fall, presumably with Intel’s latest eighth-generation Core processors.
MacBook Air: In addition to the spec boosts mentioned above, Kuo says that Apple will finally replace the older MacBook Air with a new, budget laptop model, although there’s no real information about what that will look like.
iPads: New iPad Pro models are said to be in the works, both of which would offer Face ID and an updated bezel-less design with no Home button (just like the iPhone X). Kuo says two sizes are planned: an updated 12.9-inch model and an 11-inch version (which may replace the existing 10.5-inch size).
Apple Watch: Two Apple Watch models are said to be getting slightly larger displays: the smaller 38mm model will reportedly jump from a 1.5-inch display to a 1.57-inch one, and the 42mm model will go from a 1.65-inch screen to a 1.78-inch one, adding enhanced heart rate detection as well. There’s no word yet about whether Apple will simply put larger screens in the existing body of the Watch or if this is a more radical redesign of the wearable lineup.
AirPower: It’s apparently shipping this fall, roughly a year after Apple announced it.
AirPods: They are also said to be getting a new update this fall. It will presumably be a more modest upgrade with improved wireless performance, hands-free Siri, as well as an AirPower-compatible wireless charging case. It probably won’t be the more drastic noise-cancellation and waterproof update that was rumored for 2019.
If Kuo’s correct, it sounds like it’s going to be a busy fall for Apple. And if he’s wrong… well, it won’t be the first time I’ve had my heart broken by rumors of a Mac mini update.
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