Some juicy rumors over the last day or so about the soon to be unveiled new iPhone, upcoming MacBook Pro and Apple Watch 2.
First up, Mark Gurman outlines the changes coming for this years iPhone update over at Bloomberg. His sources confirm a lot of what we have heard already, but his scoops are second to none. The gist of what he says below:
The standout features will be a dual-camera system on the larger iPhone, a re-engineered home button that responds to pressure with a vibrating sensation rather than a true physical click and the removal of the devices’ headphone jack, said the people, who didn’t want to be identified discussing unannounced features. Apple declined to comment.
Next up, as summarized by MacRumors, some new rumors about the Apple Watch 2 have emerged:
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note to investors today in which he predicts an all-new Apple Watch 2 will likely launch in the second half of 2016 with a faster TSMC-built processor, GPS, barometer, superior waterproofing, and a higher capacity battery.
Kuo, well connected within the supply chain, believes the second-generation Apple Watch will retain the same screen sizes and thickness as existing models, with a similar form factor overall, despite adopting thinner display technology. However, while the Apple Watch 2 was once rumored to include cellular connectivity, Kuo does not expect LTE support until 2017.
Some people will be bummed out about the lack of LTE, but I didn’t expect it this year. I also would rather have GPS and decent battery life anyway. MacRumors also has a great look at what possible areas Apple can improve on the technology inside of Apple Watch over here, with a taste below:
In addition to software improvements, future generations of the Apple Watch will need to become more efficient on the hardware level, with new versions of the S1 chip that serves as the brains of the device being a primary target for improvement. With that in mind, we’ve taken a technical look at what the future could hold for semiconductor technology as it relates to battery-limited devices like the Apple Watch.
Also 9to5Mac has some interesting details about Touch ID being implemented in the upcoming MacBook Pro refreshes due soon.
A source who has provided reliable information in the past has informed us that the new MacBook Pro models, expected to be launched in the fall, will feature a Touch ID power button as well as the previously-reported OLED touch-sensitive function keys.
It’s going to be a lot more exciting a fall than some people expect. There’s some great innovative ideas Apple is adding into their product line that stretch beyond new looks. They’re setting up for the future. In a few weeks, they’ll give us a peak at what it looks like.