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

The entry-level models may be enhanced.

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2020年09月7日, 午後 07:14 in egmt
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Amidst a flurry of rumors surrounding Apple's unannounced products, supply chain information reinforces expectations that a lower-priced Apple Watch and third-generation AirPods are in the pipeline.

Taiwanese industry newsletter DigiTimes reports that one of Apple's suppliers, ASE Technology, has packaged core chips for at least two new Apple Watch models based on SIP (system-in-package) technology, and the report states that the technology will also be incorporated into the third generation of AirPods.

Just a few days ago, Bloomberg said that two new Apple Watches are in the pipeline, a successor to the Series 5 (Apple Watch Series 6) as well as a cheaper Series 3 successor that will compete with a competitor's fitness band. The Apple Watch Series 6 is rumored to have a built-in blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) sensor that will be announced at the same time as the upcoming flagship iPhone 12 series in late October, and now a cheaper version of the watch is on the horizon.

The reports about the third-generation AirPods (the entry-level model, non-Pro) also coincide with renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction that the device will be released in the first half of 2021. Supply chain information about this device was also reported to be "the same design as the Pro with no active noise cancellation".

Other upcoming, unannounced Apple products include an iPad Air with an iPad Pro-like edge-to-edge screen, a new smaller and less expensive HomePod, non-Beats-branded over-ear headphones, a successor to Apple TV, an AirTag that can be used to find lost items, and others are the leading candidates.

These were all originally expected to be released by the end of 2020. That is believed to have been delayed due to supply chain disruptions caused by the spread of the new coronavirus infection, but with the global economic recovery still uncertain, Apple may be struggling with the timing of each product launch.

Source: DigiTimes

Via: MacRumors


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