Bloomberg redesigned iPad Air, two new watch models this fall

In a new report published today, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman goes down the list of products that Apple is expected to launch in the fall season. In addition to the widely reported iPhone 12 lineup, the publication states that Apple will release an edge-to-edge iPad Air; An alleged instruction manual depicting the new design was leaked last week.

Apple is also asked to produce hardware updates for the Apple Watch. The Apple Watch will be a successor to the Series 5 and a successor to the Series 3, targeting the lower-end of the market.

The new high-end Apple Watch features 9to5Mac coverage and, according to recent supply chain reports, a blood oxygen sensor.

The cheaper model will likely adopt some of the features seen in the Series 4 and Series 5 – such as a faster chip and fall detection – without the more expensive full-screen industrial design. Currently Apple sells the Series 3 Apple Watch for $ 199. We have recently seen new Apple Watch model identifiers in regulatory filings.

The Bloomberg report does not extend beyond describing the iPad Air as an edge-to-edge design like the iPad Pro. The leaked manual suggested that the product would get a Touch ID power button, and the Lightning connector would be replaced with a USB-C port. This would represent a major upgrade to the iPad Air, which currently uses the old chunky bezel iPad design.

Bloomberg says the iPhone 12 lineup will be released in phases, with lower-end models first coming out in October. Like the current distinction iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, cheap phones will feature aluminum sides while ‘Pro’ models use stainless steel. Apple employees reportedly described a 6.7-inch screen, along with a faster display for the A14 chip.

In terms of sales performance, Apple appears to be expecting consistent results from last year, asking suppliers to produce the same volume as the iPhone 11 cycle. These are largely guides and Apple often modifies orders (positive or negative) as it gives more insight into consumer demand patterns.

The report also discusses the state of Apple TV hardware, which works with the new model, but may not launch this year.

Reiterating the previous Bloomberg report, the publication also hopes that Apple may launch a cheap HomePod smart speaker before the end of 2020. New Apple-branded high-end over-ear headphones are also on track for the holiday season.

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