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Apple rumoured to be updating at last

by on12 July 2018

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple hardware to enter the 21st century 

The fruity cargo cult Apple appears to have heard the snark over it never updating its hardware products and is apparently working on updates across its entire product line for the second half of 2018.

According to a new investor's note shared this morning by reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo,  refreshes are expected for the iPhone, iPad, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, iMac, and Apple Watch.

His list of coming attractions is pretty lite to us, but it has been enough  to get the Tame Apple Press moist.

iPhone - Three iPhones:  two OLED models in 5.8 and 6.5-inch sizes and one lower-cost LED model that will be available in a 6.1-inch size. All three will feature Face ID and upgraded A12 processors. While the two OLED models will have dual-lens cameras, the slightly cheaper model will have a single-lens camera.

iPad Pro - Two new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models that are equipped with a full-screen design similar to the iPhone X and no Home button, with Apple to replace Touch ID with Face ID.

Mac mini will get a processor upgrade is expected. The Mac mini has not been updated for 3.5 years and still runs on steam. It is not clear if Apple will upgrade it to the new fangled electrickery. It might have a redesigned chassis so that users think it is more advanced than it acutally is.

MacBook Pro and McBook will get processor upgrades.

New Low-Priced Notebook. Apple is clearly worried that Microsoft's new low-priced surface might be a good idea and  Kuo believes Apple is designing a new low-priced notebook.

He originally said that this would be in the MacBook Air family, but now has changed his mind. Previous rumors have suggested this machine could be a 12-inch MacBook, so Apple may be planning to expand the MacBook lineup with an additional low-cost option to replace the MacBook Air.

iMac - Kuo says to expect a significant display performance upgrade presumably by increasing the number of quick sketch artists shoved behind the screen. 

Apple Watch - Apple is working on two new Apple Watch models for 2018 that will have bigger displays and enhanced heart rate detection features. The two Apple Watch models will measure in at 1.57 inches (39.9mm) and 1.78 inches (45.2mm), roughly 15 percent bigger than in the current models. Rumors have not been clear on whether the Apple Watch itself will be larger or if the bigger display will come from a reduction in bezels.

Last modified on 12 July 2018
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