Apple Suppliers 'Gearing Up for Mass Production' of Updated iPad and AirPods

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    Companies in Apple's supply chain are reportedly "gearing up for mass production" of updated iPad and AirPods models, according to Taiwanese site DigiTimes.

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    The report says that both updates are expected to come at Apple's March 25 event, although reliable sources have indicated the event will focus on Apple's upcoming news and video services with no hardware announcements planned.

    Minor hardware updates could come silently alongside the event or via press release around the same time, as DigiTimes's insights via the supply chain are likely limited to production timing rather than event specifics.

    Hints of an updated low-cost iPad have been growing, with new iPad models appearing in a regulatory database back in January. Rumors have suggested the entry-level iPad could see its display grow from 9.7 inches to around 10.2 inches thanks to slimmer bezels, but we're not expecting to see Face ID and removal of the home button with this update.

    As for AirPods, we've been hearing about an imminent update for many months now, with Apple's plans seemingly delayed as the company continues work on its AirPower charging mat. Updated AirPods would include a wireless charging case to work with the AirPower mat, as well as other upgrades including "Hey Siri" support and possibly new health monitoring features, a "grippy" texture, and maybe even a new black color option.

    Article Link: Apple Suppliers 'Gearing Up for Mass Production' of Updated iPad and AirPods
     
  2. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816

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    AirPods need little improvement. It’s a great product.
     
  3. JPack macrumors 68040

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    It makes sense Apple would launch a new media consumption device (iPad) and accessory (AirPods) at their show time event.
     
  4. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    Their startup connectivity reliability and talk-time battery life could absolutely be improved. And less slippery would be great. Aside from that I generally agree.
     
  5. MEJHarrison macrumors 65816

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    I’ve been thinking about trying some AirPods. This might be the time.
     
  6. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

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    IM DOWN FOR BLACK AIRPODS.

    take my mf' money....
     
  7. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

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    I wish checking the case battery percentage was a bit more reliable. Sometimes I need to flip it open a couple of times or check the battery widget manually.
     
  8. fokmik macrumors 68040

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    Dont forget about the new ipod touch on that we also have cad image of it Screen Shot 2019-03-14 at 08.00.30.png
     
  9. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a

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    Was going to buy the old AirPods but now I’ll wait lol
     
  10. iZac, Mar 13, 2019
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    I wish!

    This looks like a series of iPad Pro silhouettes that someone has chopped down.
     
  11. apolloa macrumors G4

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    Currently as it stands, these new AirPods and new iPad mini will be the most exciting Apple hardware launches of the year.
    Will want to see what they do with the new Mini.
     
  12. fokmik macrumors 68040

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    for you it looks like that, but it is the real thing, probably will be announce on stage or silent release a week from monday
     
  13. Lone Deranger, Mar 13, 2019
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    AirPods need size/fit options more than it needs alternate colours. Let's hope Apple understands this.
     
  14. Solver macrumors 6502a

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    I’d like the option to find my AirPods in a closed case.
     
  15. BuddyTronic macrumors 6502a

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    Yes perhaps fit issues are true. They fit me very well and I joke around saying I could play football and not worry about them ever falling out. But a guy at work demonstrated how they didn’t fit his ear canals and fell out instantly, so it makes me realize or think about this “fit” issue more.

    If there is a certain population that is not fitting AirPods well, then I think Apple definitely should make some kind of solution for it. AirPods are awesome but they have to make it fit every human somehow
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    At one time there was some kind of a thing that Beeped them. I actually used it once. Then I heard that they stopped doing this find feature thing. I have no idea if that feature was dropped or if it exists presently, But yes it’s needed for sure. One of the best features of the Apple Watch is that it allows me to find where my iPhone is.
     
  16. himanshumodi macrumors 6502

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    Laminated display for iPads please. I am guessing that's what the in-between iPad will have that was talked about in the previous rumour
     
  17. Relentless Power, Mar 14, 2019 at 12:41 AM
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    With this mindset, Apple would never be better. The AirPods do need improvement in Various areas, even though they are a great product.

    1.) Siri could be improved with expanded features and capabilities.

    2.) Water resistance rating should be added.

    3.) Noise isolation is another consideration.

    4.) Audio improvements

    5.) Battery enhancements
     
  18. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    "The report says that both updates are expected to come at Apple's March 25 event, although reliable sources have indicated the event will focus on Apple's upcoming news and video services with no hardware announcements planned."

    I thought something looked different.
     
  19. newyorksole macrumors 68040

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    I find it hard to believe that new AirPods would release now and not September.

    AirPower
    AirPods 2
    iPad Mini 5
    New iPads
    New Services
    New iPod Touch

    I am excite.
     
  20. Relentless Power, Mar 14, 2019 at 1:01 AM
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    My other thoughts are, this keynote may focus on the service side of things, and after it’s concluded, I could see Apple updating their website with Products like the iPod touch, iPad mini, new spring watch bands, etc.

    Whenever version two of the AirPods do release, I definitely could see Apple wanting to invest time in the keynote to discuss whatever changes were made. So those may not be launching during this specific keynote.
     
  21. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

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    Remember when apple launched the textbook iPad initiative and magazines that have both failed previously.
     
  22. chfilm macrumors 68000

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    Dont forget about the new Mac Pro :)
     
  23. sofila macrumors 6502a

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    That is true for the "good enough" crowd. Next there are all other users
     
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    I hope this https://www.macrumors.com/2019/03/13/apple-acquires-machine-learning-startup-laserlike/ addresses your #1. They have been acquiring companies for this. Siri has improved and I user Siri, there’s always room for improvement. I’m just happy if Siri would be #2 at least after Google assistant.

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    That’s my hunch as well.

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    Usually the budget products gets release early in the year. Maybe we’ll see it go the same or maybe they would be surprising us this year.

     
  25. Shanghaichica macrumors G3

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    Need new AirPods badly. Was getting 2 hours on a charge last night I got the low battery sound after only an hour of use :(
     

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