Ming-Chi Kuo, popular Apple analyst, has shared some important new predictions regarding the upcoming 2018 iPhone, iPad Pro, MacBook, Apple Watch, AirPods and AirPower. Kuo is a respected analyst who has sources within Apple’s supply chain, and his predictions are mostly on the money.
Kuo’s latest note, obtained by many publications, confirms some reports already making their way around the Internet thanks to a large number of leaks via iOS 12 as well as other sources. However, there are some revelations that come as a surprise. Here is a quick round-up of all the details from Kuo’s note:
2018 iPad Pro
The new models will have thin bezels, new unibody design, FaceID and a USB-C interface that would work with the 18W charger that Apple will include with the new iPad Pro. It might be possible that Kuo might have referred to USB-C to lightning cable, rather than a complete removal of the lightning port from new iPad Pro. That would ensure that the existing ecosystem of accessories continues to work with new iPad Pro models, along with Apple Pencil too. Unless, Apple is also releasing a new Apple Pencil that works with a USB-C port. We wouldn’t bet on that.
Not much new here except for the news that new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will be delayed to late September/early-October. This was also reported by Gurman over at Bloomberg. The new iPhones will ship with a lightning cable and a 5W charger. No word from Kuo on increased prices for iPhones or dual-SIM support.
This is perhaps my favorite part of the note:
The new low-price MacBook may replace the position of the current 12″ MacBook. We expect this new model to support the Touch ID but it will not have the Touch Bar. Everwin Precision is the main beneficiary because it is the first time this company will enter the Mac casing supply chain and its shipments account for 20% of the new MacBook model’s D parts.
A cheaper new MacBook model with TouchID would be amazing. However, we hope that the performance is much better than existing 12-inch MacBooks.
2018 Apple Watch
Apple Watch Series 4 will have a larger display and thinner bezels, as reported before. It will also support Electrocardiography (ECG), which is a big deal, specially for users with medical conditions. All fourth-generation Apple Watches will also have ceramic backs.
New AirPods 2 and AirPower are also going to be released by the end of this year, which means that Apple will likely announce them on 12 September.