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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

The situation around the App Store has changed rapidly since the Fortnite lawsuit, bills have been introduced in Russia to lower fees and force permission for third-party app stores. Apple is also preparing to launch new hardware products towards the end of the year, but it looks like the headaches will continue there as well.

From predictions that the first Apple Silicon-powered Mac will be a 12-inch MacBook to the possibility that the new iPad Air will be designed to look like the iPad Pro, we've got a roundup of the latest Apple rumors.

The 8th generation entry-level iPad rumored to be designed like the iPad Pro with Face ID and USB-C


In contrast to the 4th generation iPad Air, which has been rumored by some, there are few clues about the 8th generation entry-level iPad. In the meantime, the tech information site 91mobiles has released a "blueprint from a reliable source" of the expected specifications, which is quite rich.

It's almost iPad Pro-like in design, with Face ID for biometrics, a home button missing and thin bezels, USB-C instead of Lightning, a smart connector on the back for a Magic Keyboard with a built-in trackpad, the company's intention is to "completely revamp the design of the entry-level model to bring it closer to the Pro model in the future," according to the report.

And the screen size is said to be 10.84 inches, with four built-in microphones and dual speakers. These are all things that have been reported to be features of the new iPad, except for a few. But as the fourth-generation iPad Air. However, the direction of bringing the entry-level model closer to the iPad Pro is something we saw with the third-generation iPad Air as well. So there's still a chance that this rumored new iPad could become the fourth-generation iPad Air, AppleInsider points out.

The parts that support Face ID, such as the TrueDepth camera, are relatively expensive and should be hard to adopt for the entry-level model to cut costs as much as possible and sell as many units as possible. Chinese site MyDrivers predicted that the fourth-generation iPad Air would cost $150 more than the third-generation, in direct contradiction to the entry-level model, but we hope this prediction is not true in terms of price.

The first Apple Silicon Mac will reportedly be a 12-inch MacBook

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Apple's proprietary Apple Silicon has been announced to replace Intel's processor in future Macs. It is rumored that the first chip is A14X, a variant of the A14 which is expected to be used in the iPhone 12 , codenamed ‘Tonga’, and will be used in the new 12-inch MacBook, which will be released at the end of the year.

According to the Taiwanese media China Times, it's power-saving, as is typical for a mobile-derived Arm-based processor, with a battery life of 15 to 20 hours, an unprecedented length for the MacBook series. Expectations are also high for processing power, as the Apple Silicon has previously been reported to have 12 CPU cores built into it, at least one of which is "much faster" than the current iPhone and iPad.

However, some of these rumors are disputed by L0vetodream, a well-known leaker (a leading source of information on high-profile unannounced products). L0vetodream has predicted the release date of the second-generation iPhone SE and iPad Pro (2020), the official name of the macOS Big Sur, and he mentioned the MacBook 12 Arm (the Arm version of the 12-inch MacBook) before Apple Silicon was officially announced.

L0vetodream tweeted that ‘Tonga’ must be a code name for Apple Silicon, but that it's not the A14X. There may be a special Apple Silicon being prepared specifically for the Mac, separate from the A-series family of iPhones and iPads.

According to China Times, the 2021 Apple Silicon iMac may feature Apple's own GPU design. It has been speculated that support for third-party GPUs may be reduced in future Apple Silicon Macs, but it seems that Apple's own line will be pioneered in the GPU area as well.

Apple is rumored to launch the new iPad Air and low-cost Apple Watch this fall alongside iPhone 12

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Bloomberg, one of the leading media outlets reporting on Apple's developments, has rounded up all the rumors and added some new information about Apple's upcoming unannounced products.

The iPhone 12(tentative) series will be available in four models in three sizes, with two entry-level versions shipping before the two Pro versions. And the design has angular edges like the iPad Pro, and it's also theorized that the Pro model is made of stainless steel and the cheaper version is made of aluminum. It's also consistent with the Taiwan DigiTimes report that a dark blue color will be available for the first time.

The LiDAR scanner, which is being used on the iPad Pro (2020) to enhance the AR app, will be used on "at least" the largest iPhone 12 Pro Max (provisionally). We've summarized these Pro Max special specifications in a separate section below.

Since all iPhone 12 models are expected to be 5G-enabled, we're also concerned about the testimony of some testers that "some of the current 5G networks don't have much improvement in connection speeds". Some analysts believed that the 2019 iPhone 11 series was right to forgo 5G support due to the early confusion of the network, but a year later, the progress of 5G infrastructure development may still not be good.

The new iPad Air, which is also said to have an edge-to-edge screen like the iPad Pro, is also not beyond the scope of previous rumors. Non-Beats-branded over-ear headphones, an AirTag that can be used to find lost items, and a smaller, less expensive HomePod are also regulars on the "should be available by the end of the year" list, with the focus shifting to "when" rather than development or actual existence.

Does the iPhone 12 Pro Max have a LiDAR scanner? A photo of what appears to be the back glass has been released.

iPhone 12 series rumored to only support 5G millimeter wave on the largest Pro Max


The most expensive and largest of the iPhone 12 series, the Pro Max (tentative) is the "most remarkable improvement (over the previous year's model)," as reported by Bloomberg above, according to a source. Here are some rumors about two factors that are considered to be its premium value.

One can be seen in photos of the back glass, purportedly the Pro models, released by a famous leaker. They both have three holes for the camera lens, the difference being that the hole in the lower right corner is larger or smaller. Since they're laid out as if in contrast, we're guessing that the Pro model doesn't have a LiDAR scanner and that it's only on the Pro Max (which is even more expensive).

Fast Company also reports that of all the iPhone 12 models, only the Pro Max may have high-speed millimeter-wave capabilities. The reason for this is that only the largest model has the internal space to house a millimeter-wave antenna design and larger battery needed to accommodate millimeter-wave’s significant power draw, according to the report.

The expectation that the millimeter-wave and LiDAR scanner will be exclusive to the Pro Max is in line with renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction that the 6.7-inch model (Pro Max) will be the most difficult to design. As far as LiDAR is concerned, the camera app settings screen that showed this possibility was leaked recently as well.

However, in response to the "only Pro Max has millimeter-wave support" article, L0vetodream again briefly denied it, saying "fake". We still have to wait for more news.

Rumors of a lower-priced Apple Watch and third-generation AirPods in preparation

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DigiTimes, an expert on Taiwanese supply chain information, reports that one of Apple's key suppliers, ASE Technology, is preparing "at least two" core chips for the new Apple Watch and will incorporate the technology into the third-generation AirPods.

While the next Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to arrive this fall, rumors of a different, lower-priced version were just reported by Bloomberg above, which said it would be based on the Series 3 to compete with lower-priced products from competitors such as Fitbit. In the future, just like the iPhone and iPad, the Apple Watch may come in two models: an entry-level model and a high-end model.

The Apple Watch Series 6 is expected to be equipped with a SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) sensor and should be available soon, as it was registered in a public database. Now it remains to be seen if it will be announced in September or if it will debut in October at the same time as the iPhone 12.

The third-generation AirPods are widely expected to be released in the first half of 2021, while there are rumors that they will be a Pro design without active noise cancellation. With the AirPods Pro successor scheduled to be announced in early 2022, it's increasingly likely that the new AirPods won't be introduced by the end of 2020.

Some analysts said that the iPhone 12 series won't include wired earbuds, and that's to promote the existing AirPods models. If that's true, we'd expect a discount on the current AirPods.

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