Apple is going to have a busy second half. Reputed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who left KGI Securities to join TF International Securities recently, has spilled the beans on the company’s fall lineup. There are going to be three iPhones, all of which will look similar to last year’s iPhone X. Kuo predicts the tech giant will also launch two new iPad Pro models, and finally upgrade the Mac Mini after almost four years. There will also be new Apple Watch models with bigger screens.
Kuo has been a reliable source of details on Apple’s future product lines, so the information in his latest research note should be fairly accurate. Here’s what Ming-Chi Kuo expects from the iPhone maker this fall:
Three iPhones: Kuo reiterated what he has said before. The analyst predicts Apple will release three iPhones this fall: a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, a 5.8-inch iPhone X successor, and a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. All three iPhones will boast an upgraded A12 chipset and an improved Face ID technology. The OLED variants will sport dual cameras on the back while the LCD model will get only a single camera. The LCD iPhone is also rumored to lack the 3D Touch functionality.
Two iPad Pro models: The tech giant is preparing to release two new iPad Pro models. Both of them will have a bezel-less design, Face ID technology, and no physical home button. The bezel-less design will allow Apple to pack a relatively bigger screen in a smaller form factor. There will be an 11-inch iPad Pro – which is expected to replace the current 10.5-inch model – and a larger 12.9-inch version.
Apple Watch with bigger screens: Kuo noted that Apple was working on two new Apple Watch Series 4 models. Both of them will have bigger screens compared to their predecessors. The smaller 38mm model’s screen size will go up to 39.9mm and the 42mm variant will jump to 45.2mm. It is unclear whether Apple will make the Watch bigger or pack bigger screens by reducing the thickness of bezels.
The analyst added that the Apple Watch Series 4 would also get improved heart rate detection features.
MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook: They are unlikely to get any major design changes. Kuo says the MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook will get processor upgrades, hopefully 8th generation Intel chips.
MacBook Air: Kuo says Apple will replace the aging MacBook Air with a new budget-friendly model. He didn’t reveal much about its technical specs or design, though.
iMac and Mac Mini: The iMac will get “significant display-performance upgrades,” Kuo told investors. It will also get a processor refresh. The Mac Mini will finally get an upgrade this year after almost four years. It is not known whether the new Mac Mini will have a redesigned chassis.
AirPods and AirPower: The Cupertino company announced the AirPower charging mat almost a year ago. AirPower, along with the next-gen AirPods, will go into mass production in the third quarter this year. Both of them will release this fall, and will be available in physical as well as online stores without any supply constraints. The new AirPods will hopefully offer better wireless performance, and hands-free Siri.
Apple is unlikely to release all the products at a single event. The tech giant will hold an event in September to introduce new iPhones and a few other products. It could hold another event in October, just as it has done in the past, to launch new Macs and iPad Pro models.