An Apple-designed smart ring could feature an expandable design, one that can extend the length of the ring to make it into a finger-sized tube, allowing it to employ more sensors and perform other functions than a smaller, simple ring.
Andrew O'Hara joins Stephen Robles discussing the possible move to ARM-based Macs in 2021, upcoming changes in iOS 13.4, Mac Pro white papers and user-installable wheel kit, Target's leaked photo of "AirPods X," Rian Johnson on iPhones in movies, and more.
Apple wants it to be easier for users to unlock multiple devices in quick succession, with the authentication of a head-mounted AR or VR headset or smart glasses potentially allowing other nearby items to automatically authenticate the user.
Chinese display producer BOE is allegedly investing heavily in creating lines for OLED modules intended just for Apple products, in what seems to be BOE's latest attempt to secure orders and become part of the iPhone supply chain.
Apple is continuing to work on a self-designed processor for use in a future Mac, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, with the first possible release using an ARM-based chip instead of an Intel processor likely to arrive in the first half of 2021.
The "iPhone 12" could have extremely fast wireless networking with support for 802.11ay networking potentially allowing it to connect at gigabit speeds with home appliances and other hardware, and the long-rumored "AirTag" tracking device may use wireless charging.
This week on the AppleInsider podcast, hosts Stephen Robles and Mike Wuerthele discuss the lack of an iPad app from Instagram, the productivity of the iPad for certain tasks, coronavirus affecting Apple's manufacturing schedule, the "Amazing Stories" trailer and Apple TV+ thoughts, and more.
Supposedly leaked benchmark data posted online last week suggests Apple plans to integrate Intel's 10th generation Core processors, dubbed "Ice Lake," in variants of a refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro line.
Qualcomm has launched the Snapdragon X60 5G Modem, a third-generation system for 5G connectivity in smartphones, but one that Apple is more likely to be using for its 2021 iPhone releases rather than 2020's "iPhone 12" models.
The rumored "Apple Tags" tracking fobs will ship in the middle of 2020, Ming-Chi Kuo believes, with shipments of the Ultra Wideband-based tag anticipated to be in the order of "tens of millions" by the end of the year.
A future version of the Apple Pencil could include a system that can provide vibrations to the user's fingertips while grasping the stylus, and may also be able to detect how the user is gripping the device.
Apple is working on new ways to use fabrics as part of the design of its devices and accessories, including a system for adjusting how tight a piece of fabric is at specific locations, and creating fabric domes that could be used as a switch.
Industry reports suggest the low-cost "iPhone SE 2" and a refresh of the iPad Pro line will still launch in March, with the iPad Pro refresh arriving shortly thereafter —although the impact of the coronavirus raises questions about Apple's over-reliance on Chinese manufacturing.
Future versions of the Apple Watch could be upgradable, with the addition of a modular section to the back that adds new sensors and functionality to the wearable device, or to enhance the existing functions like battery life.