In a new report published today, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman runs down the list of products that Apple is expected to launch during the fall product season. In addition to the much-publicized iPhone 12 series, the publication says that Apple will release an edge-to-edge iPad Air; an alleged user manual describing the new design was leaked last week.
Apple is also said to be preparing hardware updates for the Apple Watch. It will be a successor to the Apple Watch Series 5 and a successor to the Series 3, which will target the lower end of the market.
The new exclusive Apple Watch is expected to have an oxygen sensor in the blood, according to 9to5Mac coverage and recent supply chain reports.
The cheaper model will probably use some of the features seen in Series 4 and Series 5 ̵
The Bloomberg report does not describe the iPad Air beyond describing it as an edge-to-edge design, like the iPad Pro. The leaked manual suggested that the product should have a Touch ID power button and replace the Lightning connector with a USB-C port. This will represent a major upgrade for the iPad Air, which currently uses the older, frame iPad design.
Bloomberg says that the iPhone 12 series will be released in stages, with lower models coming out in early October. Like the current separation of iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, the cheaper phones will have aluminum sides, while the ‘pro’ models will use stainless steel. Apple employees reportedly describe the larger 6.7-inch screen as the biggest new feature of the year, along with faster performance thanks to the A14 chip.
In terms of sales performance, it seems that Apple expects results in line with last year, after asking suppliers to produce about the same quantities as the iPhone 11 cycle. These are rough guides, and Apple often revises orders (positive or negative) as it gains more insight into consumer demand patterns.
The report also discusses the condition of Apple TV hardware, with a new model at the factory, but can not be launched this year.
Again repeating an earlier Bloomberg report, the publication also expects Apple to debut a cheaper HomePod smart speaker before the end of 2020. New Apple-branded high-end over-ear headphones are also on track for the holiday season.
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