Ming-Chi Kuo, who is considered as one of the most reliable and accurate sources when announcements related to Apple are considered, has issued a final research note regarding possible announcements in the Apple’s “Gather Round” event.
Here are his predictions about different Apple hardware that could be announced in the event —
iPhone – Delayed LCD Screen iPhone
As reported by MacRumors, Kuo has said that the 6.1-inch iPhone, which is dubbed as iPhone XC by the rumors and features an LCD screen, has been postponed due to quality issues with the assembly and display.
The ‘budget’ iPhone is now scheduled for the period between late September and early October. He has also discarded the ongoing rumor that the latest iPhone editions would feature 18W power adapter and USB-C port.
iPad – Lightning Port To Go Away
His report also said that the upcoming models of iPad Pro would have FaceID but the major surprise would be Apple parting ways with the lightning and replacing it with USB-C type.
Apple could include a newly designed, one-piece 18W power adapter in the box which discards the removable plug design which is available currently.
MacBook – Touch ID But No Touch Bar
Speaking of MacBook, Apple is touted to bring a budget MacBook to replace MacBook Air which has not witnessed any upgrades for a long time.
Kou says that the low-priced MacBook will support TouchID but cancels out the probability of a full-fledged Touch Bar.
Apple Watch – Ceramic Back, ECG Support
It remains no doubt that Apple Watch Series 4 will be unveiled at the event. Kuo’s speculations suggest that all the models of the Apple Watch will feature ceramic backs and electrocardiography (ECG/EKG) functionality that could record heart’s electrical activity.
AirPower and AirPods
Kuo believes that we will have to wait for some more time for the AirPower, Apple’s wireless charging mat and AirPods; he predicts that these accessories will be released by the end of the year.
Apple is set to unveil new hardware in an event scheduled for tomorrow at the Steve Jobs Theater, Apple Park.
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