Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman took time out to answer questions posed via Periscope earlier with Apple’s list of upcoming releases high on the agenda.
Gurman tends to have at least semi-reliable sources either inside Apple or its partners, so these are well worth paying attention to. There were plenty of questions, with the iPhone 12 dominating.
Apple is expected to launch multiple new iPhone 12 models this year, with Gurman saying that he expects LiDAR scanners to come to the Pro models. That’s something we’ve been expecting, too, ever since Apple added it to the iPad Pro.
Interestingly Gurman also notes that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a 120Hz Pro Motion display coming to some iPhones, too. Android phone makers have been racing to ever higher refresh rates so Apple may need to do this to keep up.
Gurman went on to say that we can also expect an Apple TV this year, although it won’t be 8K. Oh, and there’s a HomePod mini of sorts in the works, too.
On the neverending rumors of a new move to ARM-based Macs, Gurman said that we should “stay tuned,” which has us particularly excited to see if anything comes up during June’s WWDC.
There were some other important takeaways from the stream as well, as noted by MacRumors:
Apple plans a “substantial” iMac refresh this year, with a possible redesign in the offing. Gurman says rumors of a 23-inch iMac sound about right.
Upcoming 14-inch MacBook Pro will mirror design changes seen in Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro, such as increased screen size and scissor-switch keys.
16-inch MacBook Pro refresh expected around October-November.
Apple still working on a viable AirPower device.
Apple Watch Series 6 coming later this year to support sleep tracking.
AirTags expected later this year to be pitched as a premium product and may come in a leather case.
Modular high-end over-ear Apple headphones still expected this fall.
Apple’s vehicle development division still focused on self-driving technology.
Under-screen fingerprint technology not coming to iPhone this year.
Gurman doesn’t think rumors about Xcode for iOS are true. (The source of the rumor, leaker Jon Prosser, has since reiterated his confidence in the claim.)
You can see a recording of the Perisope event for all the details, although we’ve covered the most interesting parts. Much of the rest relates to things we’ve already covered.
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