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.
Apple is continuing to look into the possibility of creating a foldable iPhone, one equipped with a hinge that allows a flexible display to be bent enough for the smartphone to fold, but preventing the display from developing a crease.
A future Apple Pencil could give more information to the user wielding it using haptic feedback, with Apple examining ways to create a shear force to physically inform users of touch events, via a small sensation at the fingertips.
Apple is predicted to release its own branded wireless charging mat in the first half of 2020, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, though the product may not be the AirPower stand-in users are hoping for.
An icon of an unannounced Beats earphone has leaked, appearing in the iOS 13.3.1 update released on Tuesday, with the image of what is believed to be the "Powerbeats 4" indicating the audio accessories will have the same design as the Powerbeats Pro, but the two earphones will be connected together by a cable.
A future version of the iMac may take a more radical form, with Apple considering a redesign of the all-in-one desktop so it effectively exists as a single sheet of curved glass with an embedded display.