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Jon Prosser is an avid Apple leaker with sources throughout the company and supply chain. His predictions based on leaked information became prominent in early 2020 as he nailed down details of the new iPhone SE weeks before launch. The often moving targets of release dates and prices are hit and miss, but when it comes to product details, Prosser has been very accurate so far.
● Creater of Front Page Tech
● Began sourcing Apple leaks in February 2020
● Accurately announced iPhone SE colors and price
● Got the 13-inch MacBook Pro release window correct
● Got the WWDC date wrong
● Blocked by Phil Schiller on Twitter
Internal leaks from Apple and its supply chain happen all the time, but it is often difficult to sift through all of that information found in the wild to verify what is legitimate or not. What makes someone like Jon Prosser viable is their ability to collect information, protect leakers, and present the most relevant things first.
While he may have started life as a tech YouTube personality, a transition occurred sometime after the September iPhone event in 2019. Jon Prosser began discussing potential price points of upcoming Google Pixel devices and Samsung phones, which lead to people contacting him with accurate data.
By February 2020, he began discussing unreleased Apple products on his YouTube channel and Twitter. On February 24, after some Target point-of-sale leaks, he made his Twitter DMs open for "leaks and inside info only."
As of late October 2020, Prosser has a fairly strong accuracy rating. He got the iPhone 12 release dates correct, and even knew 120Hz wasn't going to come in the final version. He also announced the HomePod mini with the correct price and knew about UWB.
Prosser has leaked a lot of details about upcoming Apple products and has sometimes shared information unique to his sources. Many times Prosser corroborates rumors from Ming-Chi Kuo and other well known leakers on Twitter.
His biggest gaff so far lies in AirPower, reporting that the device would be smaller, but identical to what Apple previously released. Images he shared ended up belonging to a third-party clone and it appears that AirPower has officially been abandoned as MagSafe launches.
Jon Prosser's Current Rumor Roundup
The following have been leaked or confirmed in some way by Jon Prosser.
On May 15 Prosser said that "Apple Glasses" are coming in mid-2021, contradicting a statement from Ming-Chi Kuo.
A major leak of the Apple AR wearable occurred on May 19, with details about price and design covered by Prosser. The name of the wearable may be "Apple Glass" and cost $499 plus the cost of prescription lenses.
There will not be any cameras, according to the leak, but a single LiDAR sensor in the top right of the glasses. This will allow contextual information to display in the environment, and allow some gesture control with your hands.
The glasses will be made of metal or plastic, and a charging station will allow them to be charged wirelessly. The UWB chipset will play a big part in Apple's AR future, and distribution of U1 devices through your home will give the glasses more anchor points for data.
The "AirTags" are expected to launch anytime between now and the end of 2021. The new Tile-like tracking devices will enable users to find objects using Apple's Ultrawideband chips, or UWB, down to the exact spot they were lost.
Prosser shared renders of the "AirTags" based on a video he has seen. They are small puc-shaped devices with no keychain or hook, likely to make them as small as possible. He also mentioned Apple will sell a keychain pouch accessory separately to store the "AirTags" in.
In October 2020, he shared a leak about the tracker's design. He said it would have an all-white front without a logo and a polished-metal back with an Apple logo. He added that AirTags wouldn't launch on the October 13 "Hi, Speed" event, with Apple instead announcing it in March 2021.
The global pandemic has prevented the release of "AirTags due to the nature of the device. A tracking system that relies on crowdsourced data would not work as well if everyone is trying to remain at home.
Target employees contacted Prosser about a new listing in their POS systems for an unreleased AirPods model. The leaked SKUs suggest there may be three color options at $399.
An update to the AirPods "X-generation" rumor came on April 7, in which he stated they were a device similar to the Beats X earbuds that wrap around your neck. They are code-named B517, aiming for a fall release for $200. He also suggested that they could be the "AirPods Pro Lite" that had been previously rumored.
Another set of AirPods Pro, over-the-ear headphones specifically, have been rumored as well. They have the code name B515 and were aimed for a WWDC release at $350. An update to this rumor came in early May, with Prosser stating they will be called "AirPods Studio" and doubled down on the $350 price point.
On April 19 he tweeted that the new AirPods, didn't say which variety but could be referring to the over-the-ear model, were "ready to go." Prosser said that they are likely to ship alongside the MacBook Pro refresh. While they didn't ship on the same day as the 13-inch MacBook Pro, they could still arrive at any time. In October, he reported that Apple won't launch the new headphones at the October 13 "Hi, Speed" event.
The "AirPods Studio" will come in two variants: luxury and sport. The luxury ones will cost $599 and the sport will cost $350.
5G iPad Pro
A day after the latest iPad Pros were announced, Jon Prosser said to expect 5G iPad Pros by the end of 2020, unless other delays pushed them back.
A Q&A session he held on Twitter revealed a few things, one of which was that the upcoming iPad Pros were likely delayed until 2021.
Rumors of a smaller AirPower mat have been circulating, but this is the first confirmation from Prosser on the product. His source seems to be assured the product exists and will be announced in the future.
Of note, he said that they are in prototyping stages as of March 22, and none of them support the Apple Watch due to its unique charging method. This was the underlying issue in the first AirPower model, and likely causes overheating.
Another tidbit of information about AirPower leaked on April 10, stating that Apple was experimenting with using an A11 chip to control heat displacement. This would be possible by dynamically controlling which coils are energized to ensure heat is dissipated properly without risk of overheating or fire.
On April 14, he stated that AirPower was expected by the end of 2020 or early 2021 for a price of $250.
A new set of leaked images supposedly show that AirPower, or "C68," now works with Apple Watch. It was later confirmed that the image depicts a dummy model that had been shared around the internet.
Even if the image itself is a fake, the other Apple leakers discussed that the rest of the information from Prosser was correct. That the new AirPower was indeed working with Apple Watch and in the final stages of testing.
The release of MagSafe has placed any future release of AirPower into doubt. Any rumors of AirPower may have been related to research for the MagSafe system.
- In one of his earlier leaks, he corroborated Ben Geskin's statement about meetings being held with media members about AirPods Pro before their release on October 30, 2019.
- As of April 4, Jon Prosser stated that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro was due to launch "next month." Which ultimately it did launch on May 1. He tweeted that it was releasing that day a few hours ahead of its announcement.
- Apple is working on a game controller and has been since 2019. This was discussed during his Twitter Q&A.
- A tweet on May 7 revealed that a new Apple TV with A12X could "ship at any moment." This would enable better codec parsing and vastly improved Apple Arcade gameplay.
- Prosser mentioned the rumored "foldable iPhone" on June 15, stating the device is nowhere near release. The device features two screens that open into a seamless larger screen.
Coronavirus Related Leaks
The work-from-home memo from Tim Cook was leaked in full on Jon Prosser's Twitter after Mark Gurman's report. The document was obtained from one of his Apple sources.
A March event was scheduled to occur to announce the iPhone SE and other products but was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Prosser got insider information about meetings being held discussing press-release product announcements and the canceled event. While there was never an event announced or held, it is unknown if one was ever scheduled in the first place.
The fact that WWDC was being altered, but not canceled was first reported on Jon Prosser's YouTube channel. Three days after that, Apple officially announced the all-digital WWDC.
It was revealed that Tim Cook was talking with Apple Store leaders every morning, and medical teams every night before the stores closed. On March 13, Prosser mentioned the situation was being assessed in real-time, and store closures would be happening soon. A day later, Apple announced closing all US stores.
As of March 21, someone notified him of twice-weekly conference calls were being held with the store teams. On March 25 he announced Apple's plans to open stores by end of May.
On March 19 Prosser announced that the tentative date for WWDC was June 1, but that was most people's guess already. There was high certainty over the validity of his source though. This was proven incorrect as Apple announced that WWDC would be on June 22, 2020.
Released Products Covered by Jon Prosser
The iPhone 12 launched with four models in October 2020, and Jon Prosser was one of the most-watched leakers for this release cycle. He had an early insight into the late launch cycle and pricing, but some of the pricing was off and the naming was not quite right. His later leaks corrected for the newly discovered "mini" naming scheme, though pricing was always reported incorrectly.
The following information is presented as is in the order that Prosser shared the leaks online.
On March 23 Jon Prosser stated that the 2020 iPhone could see delays due to a slow ramp-up of the supply chain. This was the first time mentioned that the iPhone 12 could see a similar launch schedule to the iPhone X.
On April 6, he showed off an image depicting four iPhone sizes with various specs and internal code names.
He also said to expect Lighting ports on the next iPhone, that "Apple will go portless before they go USB-C."
Most leaks and renders of the "iPhone 12" suggest the smart connector would come to at least the pro models, but as of April 19, Prosser said there would be no such connector this generation. No Apple Pencil support either.
On April 30, further information about the new iPhone lineup was leaked, including configurations and pricing.
|iPhone 12||5.4-inch BOE OLED Super Retina||4GB||128GB, 256GB||Aluminum||Dual camera||$699, $799|
|iPhone 12 Max||6.1-inch BOE OLED Super Retina||4GB||128GB, 256GB||Aluminum||Dual camera||$799, $899|
|iPhone 12 Pro||6.1-inch Samsung OLED Super Retina XDR|
with ProMotion and 10-bit Color Depth
|6GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||Stainless Steel||Triple camera + LiDAR||$999, $1,099, $1,299|
|iPhone 12 Pro Max||6.7-inch Samsung OLED Super Retina XDR|
with ProMotion and 10-bit Color Depth
|6GB||128GB, 256GB, 512GB||Stainless Steel||Triple camera + LiDAR||$1,099, $1,199, $1,399|
The iPhone 12 Pro models may feature ProMotion Displays according to Prosser, but internal conflict within Apple leaves some confusion as to how it will be implemented. While the hardware does support a 120Hz display, the effects on battery life from this high refresh rate might not meet Apple's standards. If ProMotion does ship in these devices, expect it to be a variable refresh rate, with 120Hz being the peak, but with no user controls to lock it in.
Alongside the "Apple Glass" leak in May, Prosser detailed that the iPhone event would be in October, not September as normal, and the iPhone would be released later that month.
In August 2020, Prosser leaked potential release dates of the "iPhone 12" launch, the next Apple Watch launch, and a new iPad. He claimed the new iPhone line will be announced during the week of October 12th, with the non-pro models shipping a week later and pro models shipping in November.
A big leak seen by Prosser says that the iPhone launch will happen in two phases: first the 6.1-inch models launch on October 23 then the other two models launch in November. Prosser asserts that 120Hz will not make it to the final production, citing issues with battery life.
Apple Watch Series 6
The Apple Watch Series 6 and iPad Air 4 was to be released on September 8 via a press release, and Prosser doubled down on this and his sources being accurate. Mark Gurman insisted that the press release on September 8 will reveal the iPhone announcement date, not any product releases, and was correct. The press release was an announcement for an event taking place on September 15 called "Time Flies."
The Friday prior to the event Prosser dropped one last bit of information about the upcoming Apple Watch. He stated that there would be new budget line of Watches with reduced specs to reduces the price. Other rumors have indicated that Apple may be working on a plastic Apple Watch with a kids mode, so the idea of a cheaper line is not far fetched.
Health features like the built in ECG and advanced features like the always-on display would be omitted to reduce cost. Apple apparently refers to the devices internally as "Apple Watch" and "Apple Watch Pro."
A leak about the "Apple Watch Series 6" and its ability to track anxiety and sleep was backed up by Prosser on Twitter. Measurements like these can be made with additional machine learning algorithms and existing sensors on the Apple Watch.
Prosser got the details of the HomePod mini correct. It is $99 and about half the size of the Homepod, and has a UWB chip. Apple didn't announce any additional features for UWB beyond easy pairing and audio sharing.
These predictions are still able to become reality if Apple provides a software update with these features. This is what Prosser said about how UWB would be used in HomePod mini:
Having a HomePod mini in your home would give your U1 equipped devices more awareness about where they were located, and could give users better HomeKit control using precise device location to control the home. Additional triggers will allow users to track where devices are and be alerted if a device leaves a specific room or your home. The HomePod mini will be able to act as anchors for AR uses as well, though the applications for AR anchor points in your home are not yet known.
Jon Prosser spent some time debunking a few earlier leaks about the "iPhone 9," or the iPhone SE as we now know it to be, he ultimately started leaking information himself.
The Target inventory leaks that revealed a new AirPods model also included information about an "iPod Touch X generation" and "iPad 10.5 X generation." Again the "X generation" are just placeholders for names before official announcements.
This was the first mention of a $400 iPhone being imminent, in reference to the "iPod Touch X" in the leaked POS images. There were six SKU's for the "iPod Touch X" which he assumed would mean six colors but was wrong on this as there are only 3 options.
On March 18 he stated with high confidence that the "iPhone 9" had entered production. March 26 he alleged a meeting about the "iPhone 9" release was held, likely to release early April.
Prosser accurately stated the release date of April 15 on March 31. He also reported on various leaks from Target POS and Virgin Mobile inventory, but were just placeholders or guesses by third parties, as the device was not called an "iPhone 9."
Apple leaked the name of the iPhone SE on its own website with product listings that had been up since March 11, but not discovered until April 2.
The iPhone SE ultimately released on April 15 in three colors at $399. The iPhone SE Plus is expected in 2021.
The same leaker that gave Prosser info about the Samsung Galaxy S20 sent him an info sheet on the new Powerbeats. This was after AppleInsider had not only been tipped on the earbuds being for sale prematurely in Target but also purchased them for an early look.
Despite that, the leak was accurate and the Powerbeats released on March 18, 2020. While the Mac mini refresh, new iPad Pro, and Magic Keyboard were all also announced that day, Prosser had said very little about those products beforehand.
Prosser got the widgets right, but also predicted third-party access to control center, which did not happen. Xcode did not ship on iPad either.
No pro Apple apps were announced for iPad Pro.
Jon Prosser's Accuracy
As you can see from his historical leaks, most have been correct or a corroborative nod to someone else's leaks. His details are obtained from people in high places in Apple, and he even has leakers in the supply chain and cellular carriers.
Jon Prosser might be new to the Apple leaks game — but his track record is spot-on. Keep an eye on what he says, because until Apple figures out to shut him down, he and Ming-Chi Kuo are the ones to listen to.