Kuo: USB-C on 2018 iPad Pro, Touch ID on 2018 MacBook, EKG and Ceramic Backs on All Apple Watch Series 4 Models, More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research note today, obtained by MacRumors, that outlines several predictions about Apple's upcoming products, including new iPhone, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and MacBook models.


    Kuo expects Apple to replace Lightning with a USB-C interface on 2018 iPad Pro models, with an 18W power adapter in the box. That sure sounds like the next iPad Pro will have a USB-C port, instead of a Lightning connector, but to play devil's advocate, there's a chance he is just referring to a USB-C charger.
    Kuo adds that 2018 iPhone models will retain the Lightning connector and remain bundled with a 5W power adapter, not the widely rumored 18W power adapter with a USB-C port, which could be for 2018 iPad Pro models after all.

    His research note with TF International Securities adds that Apple's widely anticipated lower-priced MacBook may replace the current 12-inch MacBook. Again, the wording is somewhat ambiguous, so it's unclear if Kuo means the 12-inch MacBook will be refreshed, or if it will be entirely replaced.

    Kuo expects the new lower-priced MacBook to support Touch ID fingerprint authentication, but without a full-out Touch Bar, which remains exclusive to select 13- and 15-inch models of the 2016 and later MacBook Pro:
    As far as the Apple Watch Series 4 lineup is concerned, Kuo believes all models will feature ceramic backs, whereas GPS-only Series 3 have composite backs. Kuo also believes Series 4 models will have electrocardiography (ECG/EKG) functionality.
    Kuo also said production of the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD has been postponed to late September to early October due to quality issues with the assembly and display, echoing a report from Mark Gurman earlier today.

    Last, Kuo still expects Apple's long-awaited AirPower charging mat and new AirPods to be released by the end of the year.

    Article Link: Kuo: USB-C on 2018 iPad Pro, Touch ID on 2018 MacBook, EKG and Ceramic Backs on All Apple Watch Series 4 Models, More
  2. TJ82, Sep 10, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2018

    TJ82 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2012
    Ceramic back = even higher than expected price hike :eek:

    EDIT: untrue, wasn't aware most models had ceramic backs already :)
  3. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
  4. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    ECG makes the Series 4 an instant buy for me. Time to prepare to sell my Series 2.
  5. MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
  6. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Great, no bundled fast charger on new iPhones.

    Should, at the very least, be bundled with the OLED iPhones.
  7. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
  8. TheFluffyDuck macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2012
    "Low-cost Macbook", anybody else noticed a theme with Cooks Apple and price lately? It certainly ain't in that direction. The laptop line up is comically fragmented, it is as bad as the many version of Windows Vista Jobs derided Microsoft over.
  9. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
  10. Greenmeenie macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2013
  11. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Surprised, during Apple keynotes.
  12. GuruZac macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2015
    I really wish Apple would finally go USB-C on the iPhone too. That alone would make me upgrade. Have standardized connectors for iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro would be extremely convenient. I wonder if USB-C is added in the 2018 iPad Pro, if that port would support Thunderbolt 3? It does not on a $1299 MacBook so I assume not. Apple should not be asking $1300 for a 12" laptop with the specs it has. That's an $800 notebook tops.
  13. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    Wow - sounds like there actually is a pretty good product pipeline for the rest of the year :eek:
  14. yesjam macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2014
    iPad Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac: no lightning ports; USB-C ports.

    Standard iPad, iPhones, Airpods, Apple Pencil, Apple Mouse, Apple Wireless Keyboards: no USB-C ports; lightning ports/connectors

    Current-gen MacBook Air, Mac Pro, Mac Mini: neither (though all three are rumoured to be updated shortly, likely to include USB-C ports)

    Apple Watch: no ports; magnetic charger

    There is too much fragmentation here...
  15. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    Too bad Lightning is sticking around on the iPhone. USB-C, ceramic backs and ECG functionality are all pretty interesting updates.
  16. jarman92, Sep 10, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2018

    jarman92 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2014
    All the Series 2 and LTE Series 3 Watches have a ceramic back so the price should already be factored in.
  17. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    Series 3 as the base model and the Series 4 be a higher tier device, both with ceramic backs. Series 1 discontinued.

    I can't see the 'new' Macbook be lower priced and also include Touch ID....
  18. peglegjack macrumors 6502


    Jul 30, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    USB-C in iPads would be big if true (not to mention welcomed), though my Air 2 still works just fine.
  19. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    If that leaked photo of the Watch is accurate with all of those complications, I’m in. The ECG is a great bonus. :)
  20. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
    Ug. Guess I might have to replace myt Series 3. BUT NOT MY IpHONE 7!
  21. jarman92 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2014
    Not a chance in hell Apple replaces Lightning on the iPad. It doesn't make sense: if I were traveling with all updated Apple products I would need a Lightning cable for my iPhone and a USB-C cable for my iPad. Why?!
    --- Post Merged, Sep 10, 2018 ---
    Don't forget all the Apple accessories have Lightning ports: Magic Mouse/Keyboard, AirPods, Beats, etc. It makes no sense to switch the iPad to USB-C.
  22. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I really doubt Apple is going to change iPads from Lightning to USB-C.

    Besides the fact that there isn't really any good reason for the change, the USB-C plug is larger than Lightning, and Apple is obsessed with using the smallest components possible.
  23. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    Well you already need USB-C for your MacBook if you’re traveling with all updated Apple products. It does get confusing though because Lighting and USB-C look similar at a glance.
  24. corrado7 macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2008
    If ipad gets USB-C, how will the apple pencil be charged? Another dongle?
  25. afawaz3 macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2018
    anyone else wondering if USB-C in new iPad pros means a new Apple Pencil? because they really push fast charging that pencil through the iPad, but that won't be possible anymore... (not that it was good design to begin with, but carrying that little lighting adaptor is a hassle)

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