This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Apple's third-quarter (April-June) earnings were released, and sales of Macs and iPads grew by double digits year-over-year, driven by nesting demand. iPhones, which had been under concern due to restrictions on going out, also grew by about 2%, and it will be interesting to see if the iPhone 12(tentative) in the fall can ride this wave of success.
From the Apple Silicon MacBook Air starting in the $80,000 range to images of the new chip, said to be the A14, we've got a roundup of the latest Apple rumors.
The Intel-chipped version of the iMac, which is expected to be updated before the Apple Silicon version of the Mac, is rumored to be coming soon, but will not be redesigned.
The former rumor comes from a recent tweet by leaker komiya_kj, who tweeted that "iMac will be released on Wednesday or Monday" (July 27-29), as well as AirPods Studio (unannounced over-ear headphones), the new Home Pod and a smaller version of it, which will be announced in due course.
So far, he has no track record on unreleased Apple products, so we can't say he's credible. But just last week, famed leaker L0vetodream (who has previously guessed the timing of the new iPhone SE announcement, among other things) tweeted that "some products will be shipping soon," and in early July, a device purportedly unannounced new iMac was listed on Geekbench's public aggregation site. As a result, it has attracted a lot of attention.
However, prominent leaker Jon Prosser dismissed it as "Nope". In fact, neither Monday nor Wednesday passed without any announcements, but komiya_kj later amended it to say "iMacs and AirPods Studio (a tentative name for over-ear headphones) will be online by August 19," and Prosse added, "If you want to see a new iMac, wait until August", so, at the time of writing, mid-August is the likely date.
The other speculation about the design was also triggered by leaker Jiroiku, who tweeted that there will be no redesign in the new 10th generation Intel version of the model. The design-relaunch theory started with Apple insider Sonny Dickson's statement that an iMac using the iPad Pro design language would be announced at WWDC.
However, the only thing that other sources have all denied is a revamped external design. It's possible that the Apple T2 security chip, now used in everything from the MacBook Air to the Mac Pro, is coming to the Intel version of the iMac, and a new model that looks the same, but has been redesigned on the inside may be coming soon.
Is the Find app in iOS 14 too strict in terms of usage requirements? Eliminating other companies' search services?
Previously, Apple has limited the standard Find My app for the iOS/iPadOS to its own products, but with iOS 14, the company has announced the Find My network accessory program, which will be open to third-party products and accessories as well. However, rumor has it that the requirements placed on developers outside of Apple in the specification are too strict.
According to a report in The Washington Post, users will be barred from using any hardware that can be accessed through the Find app with other competing services. This means that Android devices that don't have Apple's Find app will no longer be able to find the anti-loss tags once they are registered in Find. And even on the iPhone, you won't be able to catch them from third-party proprietary apps such as Tile.
It is not only common practice to use a single piece of IoT-enabled hardware for multiple services, but it is also common for previously Alexa-enabled appliances to be able to work with Apple's HomeKit. In response to the WP, which suggested that violating this principle, which Apple has also benefited from, might be a violation of antitrust laws in the US and Europe, Apple's public relations team rejected the idea, saying that "even small companies that are unable to build their own networks to find things to do can participate".
This could be interpreted as an unwillingness to let them use their own infrastructure, or a lack of consideration for mid-sized and larger companies that are able to build their own networks. The feud with Tile, which has built its very own network and continues to complain that "Find" is privileged over its own app, is likely to linger on.
This year's flagship iPhone 12(tentative) series of flagships has already been officially announced by Apple as a "later than usual" release. In the meantime, two leaks have been reported that seem to indicate that mass production has begun in the factory.
One is a photo of what is purported to be a display panel for the iPhone 12. The contributor claims that this is the smallest model of the "5.4-inch full screen," which is expected to come in three screen sizes of 5.4-inch/6.1-inch/6.7-inch.
However, the size of the notch at the top of the screen appears to be almost identical to the iPhone 11. Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that "at least one model will have a smaller front-facing camera and a smaller notch," but this photo may just happen to be the model that doesn't have a smaller notch.
The other is a photo of the latest SoC, the A14(tentative) chip. The photo of "A14 RAM" published on Twitter by Mr. White, a credible leaker there, has a date number that looks like "2016" = the 16th week of 2020 in production. This is also consistent with supply chain information that TSMC, the Taiwanese company that receives the manufacturing order, will "begin mass production in April of this year".
The A14 is expected to be manufactured on a 5nm process, which is expected to provide more processing power than the previous generation A13, which was a 7nm process, as well as greater power efficiency. However, there are also clues that the iPhone 12's battery capacity may be smaller than the 11, and it's also worth noting what the battery life will be.
Apple's in-house developed processor Apple Silicon, which Apple plans to include in future Macs, was predicted to be $100 to $200 cheaper than Intel chips. To reflect this, the Apple Silicon version of the MacBook is rumored to cost from $799 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro is rumored to cost $1,099 and up.
That's claimed by the aforementioned komiya_kj, who tweeted that the iMac will be on Wednesday or Monday. The theory of Apple Silicon getting cheaper has a certain amount of credibility because it originated from a major research company, but the question remains that komiya_kj does not refer to the "Air" brand when it comes to "MacBook". This raises the possibility that the MacBook Air will be significantly redesigned or the discontinued 12-inch MacBook will be revived.
The prediction that the 12-inch MacBook will return as an Apple Silicon-powered model has been championed by renowned leaker choco_bit. He also claimed that the butterfly keyboard, which is virtually obsolete, will be revived with it, so it will be interesting to see if it will come back from the past one after another.
While the sleep tracking feature was officially announced to be included in watchOS 7, the blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) measurement feature was not mentioned at all. The feature, also known as a pulse oximeter, will finally be implemented in the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 (tentative), according to supply chain information.
The feature, which was speculated from the initial iOS 14 code in March of this year, could also be made possible by an optical heart rate sensor (measuring the amount of infrared absorption) from the original model. However, it was not announced at WWDC20 in June, and it was seen as "not going to happen in software", i.e. waiting for the Apple Watch Series 6 with new dedicated hardware.
Speaking of the Apple Watch's health management features, we're also wondering when the ECG (electrocardiogram) feature will be available for Japan. In Brazil, where regulatory action was observed around the same time, the feature will be available from watchOS 6.2.8 in mid-July, so maybe we should expect it soon.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.