Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has come out with a fresh research note covering new iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and MacBooks. It seems Apple is planning on ditching the Lightning connector and switching to a USB-C port for the 2018 iPad Pro series.
This is a huge change which might not be welcomed by everyone. There’s a chance he’s mistaken and Apple is converting to a Lightning to USB-C charger and not a USB-C to USB-C one. After all, it doesn’t make sense for the company to let go of Lightning seeing as how it’s used in accessories like the Apple Pencil.
No Fast Charging For iPhone
Kuo claims Apple will be bundling an 18W power adapter with the new iPad Pro. This is good news since it signals fast charging. The 2018 iPhones might not be as lucky though. The analyst says they’re going to retain the Lightning connector and a 5W power adapter.
Many reports have claimed that Apple is going to change its ways and finally include a fast charger with its iPhones this year instead of selling them separately. It’s possible the people leaking this information assumed the iPad’s 18W charger was going to be bundled with the iPhone.
As for the new low-cost MacBook, it’s apparently going to replace the current 12-inch MacBook and support Touch ID. There won’t be a Touch Bar, so that’s staying within the Pro line. The Apple Watch Series 4 might be getting a premium design change with a ceramic back on all models instead of a few.
The smartwatch may even support electrocardiography (ECG), sure to help save even more lives. Lastly, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone AKA iPhone Xr’s production is supposedly going to be postponed to late September or early October. Quality issues with the display and assembly are apparently to blame.
Kuo also had a few words to say about the AirPower and AirPods 2’s availability. Both are set to be released by the end of 2018. We’ll find out how accurate his predictions are on September 12 when all will be revealed.