This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
With Apple expected to launch its iPhone 12 series and a host of other new products this fall, Bloomberg has a recap of the rumors and new information.
First of all, it's been theorized that the latest flagship iPhone 12 series will be available in three screen sizes, 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7 inches, for a total of four models. Of these, the cheaper entry-level models (5.4 and 6.1 inches) will ship before the more expensive Pro models (6.1 and 6.7), making it the slowest launch schedule since the iPhone X was released in November 2017. Rumors that the iPhone 12 will be released in two stages were also delivered by supply chain sources.
It is almost certain that the design of those iPhone 12 series will have a square edge like the iPad Pro, and for the first time, a dark blue model is expected to be added, as reported by the Taiwanese industry newsletter DigiTimes. On the other hand, the Pro models will have stainless steel edges, while the lower-end models are stated to be made of aluminum, just like the current lineup.
Some Apple employees who are testing the new devices say that the 6.7-inch model (iPhone 12 Pro Max) is the most impressive improvement of this year's model. However, some testers are reportedly saying that some of the current 5G networks are not improving connection speeds much. It's specifically referred to as "5G networks," which seems to suggest that this is due to the quality of the communications infrastructure rather than the iPhone's built-in modem.
As for the new Apple Watch, a successor to the Apple Watch Series 5 (i.e., the Series 6) as well as a successor to the Series 3, which will compete with low-cost fitness devices like the FitBit, is in the pipeline. The latter of these is probably the first rumor to emerge, but it's possible that the Apple Watch lineup will have two mainstream and low-cost models in the future, just like the iPhone.
Other than that, Apple's first over-ear headphones not under the Beats brand (the so-called AirPods Studio) and the new small, affordable HomePod are also mentioned as part of the unannounced products that will be released this fall.
The company is also reportedly working on an AirTag that can be used to find lost items, as well as a new Apple TV with a faster processor and an upgraded remote control. The latter of which is not expected to ship until 2021, but the company is also reportedly working on a feature for the new remote similar to Find My iPhone that would make the TV accessory easier to find.
While 5G support is expected to be a major selling point for the iPhone 12 series, testimony that "not improving connection speeds much" (even if it's due to the infrastructure side of things) isn't exactly a bright spot. If that's the case, rumors that a cheaper version of the iPhone 12 without 5G is also in the pipeline are going to become much more believable, as Apple may be considering risk diversification.
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