A new report says Apple will launch AirPods 2 this spring and that the new wireless headphones will be more expensive than its predecessors. The report also describes the upcoming AirPower wireless charger, also set for a spring release, and offered an unexpected time slot on the Mac line. Apparently, Apple is testing Macs with Face ID and touchscreen displays, although it's not clear when these devices will launch, if ever.
After fetching Face ID for the iPad last year, Apple is expected to do the same with the Mac line down the road. Face ID would surely be a better lock mechanism for laptops and desktop computers than passwords or fingerprints. As for the touch screen, Apple said quite a few times that it does not intend to get touch support for MacOS laptops and desktop computers.
On the other hand, we know from Apple that future versions of macOS should be able to run iOS Apps from the App Store. These iPhone apps were created with a touch interface in mind, so perhaps it shouldn't be so surprising to hear that Apple is testing touchscreen Macs.
That said, MySmartPrice buried this gem at the end of a comprehensive report on AirPods 2 and AirPower:
In addition to the new AirPods 2, Apple is currently testing Macs with Face ID, and touch screen. However, you should not expect a new Mac with Face ID to start anytime soon. The current prototypes with Face ID and touch screen are only for internal testing.
That's the whole report said, but all the information in it came from a trusted source familiar with Apple's plans. That source said AirPods 2 will have the same design as its predecessors, but they come in black and white, complete with a new coating for better grip. Furthermore, the report says that the new AirPodes will have several sensors on board, probably packing health properties. Finally, the new AirPodes will have the same battery life, but the wireless cabinet will have a smaller battery than before. AirPods 2, the source said, will cost around $ 200.
The report also noted that the AirPower wireless universal charger will cost $ 1
As you can see, this reliable source provided plenty of information on two upcoming Apple products, including details that were not part of previous leaks. If all this goes out, it could mean that Apple actually works on Macs with Face ID and touch screen Mac support. Then Apple continues to test and figure out many technologies that do not make it commercial products. Just look at the large number of patents Apple receives each year.
Other Mac related rumors said Apple is working on ARM-powered Macs that will pack A-series chips instead of Intel processors. So Apple actually looks at various innovations for the Mac. That said, at this point, it is unclear what Mac models will see updates this year, and whether there are major changes to existing Mac and MacBook lines, except for the expected processor updates.