Apple’s “Gather Round” iPhone event takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12, and well-connected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has weighed in on what we might see from the Cupertino firm during the big shindig.
Kuo offers up new details related to the expected mid-sized “iPhone Xr,” new iPads that will use USB-C in place of Lightning connectors, a lower-priced MacBook with Touch ID but no Touch Bar, Apple Watch Series 4with ECG capabilities, and more.
Kuo’s predictions, via 9to5Mac:
- 6.1-inch iPhone still launching in “late Sep-early Oct due to quality issues of assembly and display” — that’s the rumored iPhone “Xr” which Bloomberg says will launch in limited supply
- iPad Pro will feature Face ID and switch from the Lightning port to USB-C for the first time —that’s a new detail — and ship with the new 18W USB-C charger we’ve seen floating around … iPhone will retain 5W charging and Lightning ports
- Rumored low-price MacBook may replace 12-inch MacBook in the lineup — and even feature Touch ID without the Touch Bar
- Apple Watch with slimmer bezels will support electrocardiography, or ECG, (read about the benefits here) and use ceramic backs on all models — aluminum without LTE currently uses composite glass
While the Kuo memo mentions the new iPad Pro and MacBook with Touch ID, it’s not entirely clear whether either device will make an appearance during Wednesday’s bash.