The production schedule for the 'iPhone 12' collection is allegedly being affected by COVID-19 in one more way, with Apple's self-imposed travel restrictions preventing its own engineers from performing tests on components for the 5G-equipped models.
A low-cost version of the AirPods Pro will allegedly enter production very soon, as assembly partners of Apple are apparently preparing to commence manufacturing of the "AirPods Pro Lite" towards the end of the first quarter or at the start of the second quarter.
External keyboards for the iPad and iPad Pro may not need to connect over Bluetooth or use the Smart Connector, with Apple considering the possibility of using the capacitive touchscreen as a means to read button presses from the attached hardware.
A three-word tweet from a reliable Apple product leaker claims Apple is preparing to launch a refresh of the iMac and the Mac mini in the near future, though details of what to expect in each case are relatively unknown.
Apple is preparing to launch six products in 2020 using Mini LED, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, with updates across the iPad, iMac Pro, and MacBook Pro lines using the display technology, including a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro.
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.