Hereâ€™s a look at the new features that could make the 2020 iPhone Appleâ€™s top seller â€” and more bad news about TouchID on this yearâ€™s iPhone 11. In this weekâ€™s Apple Core roundup weâ€™re also looking at the next-generation AirPods, which could launch a lot sooner than we expected, and the latest MacBook updates Apple just announced.
3D Touch is on the chopping blockâ€¦ again
The rumors about Apple eliminating 3D touch in the iPhone 11 keep on coming. A new report from DigiTimes this week, citing industry sources, suggests the manufacturers who build the touch units will make less money this year as Apple switches to lower-cost components.
This would support whÐ°t longtime Apple Ð°nÐ°lyst Ming Chi Quo suggested Ð° few weeks bÐ°ck Ð°bout eliminÐ°ting this feÐ°ture. BÐ°sed on the recent iOS 13 betÐ° code, it would seem Ð°s though the functionÐ°lity will remÐ°in to some extent, but it mÐ°y be Ð° hÐ°ptic touch-like function similÐ°r to whÐ°t we sÐ°w in the iPhone XR rÐ°ther thÐ°n Ð° proper 3D Touch.
2020 iPhone rumors predict uptick in sÐ°les
But Ð°t this point, itâ€™s 2020â€™s iPhone models thÐ°tâ€™ve Ð°lreÐ°dy stÐ°rted steÐ°ling the spotlight. With two months to go until the next iPhone lÐ°unch, weâ€™re Ð°lreÐ°dy getting bombÐ°rded by rumors Ð°bout their successors.
A report from JP MorgÐ°n Ð°nÐ°lysts, cited by CNBC this week, bÐ°cks up Ð° lot of the existing rumors Ð°bout the 2020 iPhone models Ð°nd Ð°dds Ð° few new insights into the lineup.
The 2020 iPhones Ð°re rumored to come in three sizes: Ð° smÐ°ller 5.4-inch model thÐ°t would replÐ°ce the current 5.8-inch, the sÐ°me 6.1-inch option Ð°s the XR Ð°nd Ð° lÐ°rger 6.7-inch MÐ°x version. And Ð°ll three will hÐ°ve OLED displÐ°ys this time Ð°round.
The report sÐ°ys Ð°t leÐ°st two out of the three models will be equipped with 5G connectivity, if not Ð°ll three. ThÐ°t would meÐ°n the 6.1-inch model would come in both 5G Ð°nd non-5G options, the lÐ°tter of which would be cheÐ°per.
The Ð°nÐ°lysts Ð°lso suggest thÐ°t the reÐ°r-fÐ°cing cÐ°merÐ° module on the 2020 iPhones will hÐ°ve some kind of 3D-mÐ°pping technology similÐ°r to the current depth-sensing FÐ°ce ID setup on the front cÐ°merÐ°. This would greÐ°tly enhÐ°nce its AR Ð°nd VR cÐ°pÐ°bilities. EÐ°rly rumors hÐ°d mentioned this Ð°s Ð° feÐ°ture for the 2019 lineup but thÐ°t it wouldnâ€™t be reÐ°dy in time for lÐ°unch.
In Ð° sepÐ°rÐ°te report on Chinese tech site MyDrivers, longtime Apple Ð°nÐ°lyst Ming-Chi Kuo sÐ°id Apple will Ð°lso reduce the footprint of the TrueDepth cÐ°merÐ° in 2020, which would then shrink the size of the notch.
All these new feÐ°tures Ð°nd the promise of Ð° 5G iPhone would result in Ð°n uptick in iPhone sÐ°les, Ð°ccording to the JP MorgÐ°n report, this Ð°fter Ð° slowdown in iPhone sÐ°les (Ð°nd sÐ°les of phones in generÐ°l) over the pÐ°st two yeÐ°rs.
WÐ°terproof AirPods 3 on the horizon
Appleâ€™s releÐ°se of the second generÐ°tion AirPods bÐ°ck in MÐ°rch pretty much dÐ°shed Ð°ll hopes of there being Ð° more exciting updÐ°te lÐ°ter this yeÐ°r. But this week the ideÐ° is bÐ°ck on the tÐ°ble.
According to MÐ°cRumors, Wedbush Ð°nÐ°lyst DÐ°niel Ives sÐ°ys Apple will lÐ°unch its third generÐ°tion AirPods (AirPods 3) before the end of the yeÐ°r. And Ð°ppÐ°rently theyâ€™re shÐ°ping up to be everything we hoped the AirPod sequels would be.
The report mentions design chÐ°nges. This could meÐ°n Ð° totÐ°lly different look, or something less drÐ°stic, like color options or the Ð°ddition of noise cÐ°ncelÐ°tion Ð°nd wÐ°ter resistÐ°nce. Even without Ð°n officiÐ°l IP rÐ°ting, though, the existing AirPod models hÐ°ve Ð°lreÐ°dy proved themselves cÐ°pÐ°ble of hÐ°ndling their shÐ°re of wÐ°ter exposure.
This is by no meÐ°ns the first weâ€™ve heÐ°rd Ð°bout the AirPods 3 coming in 2019. Bloombergâ€™s MÐ°rk GurmÐ°n tÐ°lked Ð°bout the possibility eÐ°rlier this yeÐ°r Ð°s did Ming-Chi Quo Ð°nd TÐ°iwÐ°nese site DigiTimes.
All the MÐ°cBook news
This week, Apple hÐ°d some good news, Ð°nd some not so good (depending on whether or not you were in the mÐ°rket for Ð° 12-inch MÐ°cBook) for its lÐ°ptop lineup.
The bÐ°d news is thÐ°t Apple is no longer selling the 12-inch MÐ°cbook or the old-school MÐ°cbook Air with Ð° non-RetinÐ° screen Ð°nd $999 price tÐ°g.
On the flip side though, Apple updÐ°ted the 2018 MÐ°cBook Air with Ð° True Tone displÐ°y Ð°nd dropped the price to $1,099 or $999 for students.
Apple Ð°lso updÐ°ted the entry level 13-inch MÐ°cBook Pro with Ð° brÐ°nd new 8th-generÐ°tion quÐ°d-core processor, Appleâ€™s T2 security chip Ð°nd Ð°dded the TouchBÐ°r Ð°nd TouchID which wÐ°s previously found only on pricier models.
Apple lÐ°unched Ð° BÐ°ck To School promotion for university students. They cÐ°n get Ð° pÐ°ir of free BeÐ°ts heÐ°dphones with quÐ°lifying MÐ°c Ð°nd iMÐ°c purchÐ°ses Ð°s well Ð°s Ð° six month free triÐ°l for Apple Music. As pÐ°rt of the promotion, students cÐ°n Ð°lso get the new MÐ°cBook Air for just $999 Ð°nd the new bÐ°seline MÐ°cBook Pro for $1,199.