2018 MacBook to get Touch ID, EKG and ceramic backs on all Apple Watch s4 models, USB-C on 2018 iPad Pro, more
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report, just two days before Apple's Special Event, detailing new features of products Apple will release this year.
2018 iPad Pro
Kuo expects the 2018 iPad Pro to get Face ID instead of Touch ID, and a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port, with an 18W power adapter.
In addition to Face ID support, we expect the new iPad Pro models' main upgrade to include replacing Lightning with a USB-C interface and bundling with a new unibody design 18W power adapter, which cancels the removable plug design…
The 2018 iPhones, rumored to be called the iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or Plus, and iPhone Xc or iPhone 9, will still remain with the Lightning-to-USB cable and the 5W power adapter. He also stated that Apple has postponed the production of the 6.1-inch iPhone (Xc or 9) to late September or early October, because of quality issues with the assembly and LCD display. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman also reported this earlier. This means that the cheapest iPhone won't be available till late October or early November, just like the iPhone X last year.
AirPower and new AirPods
Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple will release the AirPower wireless charging mat and a new series of AirPods by the end of 2018.
Apple Watch series 4
The Apple Watch series 4 models will all feature a ceramic back, instead of aluminum or stainless steel. The new models will also have ECG/EKG: electrocardiography functionality.
The new Apple Watch models will have narrower bezels, support electrocardiography (ECG), and all be equipped with ceramic backs (currently, some models are equipped with composite backs). We believe the new Apple Watch models will attract more users on supporting ECG. The ECG supplier is Osram (LED design)…
The 2018 MacBook will be cheaper, and will be replacing or refreshing the current 12-inch MacBook, according to Kuo. The lower-priced MacBook will also feature Touch ID, but without the Touch Bar.
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.
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