Affordable Apple Watch, Apple game controller coming says prolific leaker

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Apple wants to build its own game controller and may release a cheaper Apple Watch soon, according to avid leaker Jon Prosser.

The public Twitter Q&A took place on Thursday morning, and the conversation with Prosser spanned a large swath of Apple's product line.

Apple Watch

There may be a more affordable Apple Watch coming soon. Rumors have suggested that Apple has been experimenting with plastic as an Apple Watch material, which would reduce the cost versus an aluminum or titanium enclosure.

A separate rumor says that a new "kid mode" could be coming to watchOS, which would fit in well with a cheaper Apple Watch.

The "Apple Watch Series 6" won't be a big update, but not a small one either. Rumored features for the next Watch include an improved ECG function and an enabled blood-oxygen sensor.

Apple TV

The Apple TV could become a more powerful gaming platform with new hardware updates and a new controller. Prosser says that Apple is building a gaming controller to compete with the current selection of Playstation and Xbox controllers.

The "Apple TV 6" is ready and has been waiting to ship for months. It is expected to have the latest A12Z processor for better gaming experiences. Prosser says he has photos of the product, but will not share them publicly.

iPad

Apple may be releasing an updated iPad in September. Prosser did not confirm which iPad, but rumors suggest it will be a refreshed base-model iPad or an "iPad Air 4."

"iPhone 12"

The rumors suggesting that the "iPhone 12" will have a 120Hz display are not looking great. Prosser says that the display isn't dead, but the chances it will be included in the 2020 iPhone is slim. Mass production of the "iPhone 12" will start in September.

Other Mentions

AirPower has improved power management in the current prototypes. It has not entered mass production and nothing indicates this will ever be a shipping product.

AirPods Studio are still coming, but no release date has been confirmed.

Prosser still stands by all the information he shared about Apple Glass and trusts that source. No new information about Apple Glass has come up.

There is no further information about AirTags.

There are rumors that the "iPad Air 4" and "Apple Watch Series 6" could launch via press release in September followed by an "iPhone 12" event in October. The "iPhone 12 Pro" and "iPhone 12 Pro Max" are expected to release later in November.

Jon Prosser is relatively new to the Apple leaking scene, but has been mostly accurate so far. He managed to pinpoint release dates for the iPhone SE and new Powerbeats, and even beat Apple out of the door on the recent iMac refresh. He was also responsible for one of the biggest information dumps on the unreleased "iPhone 12" and provided insight into the long-rumored "Apple Glass."

 

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