Apple has 'no further plan' for iPad mini family, iPad Pro upgrades definitely coming this fall
According to “industry sources” updating their predictions for Digitimes today, those three oft-rumored next-gen iPhones will be joined by two refreshed iPad Pros, an “entry-level MacBook series”, and that long overdue AirPower wireless charger.
No words on an Apple Watch Series 4, which is definitely odd, and nothing about a sixth-generation Apple TV streaming device either, which isn’t exactly surprising considering how good and feature-packed last year’s 4K-capable model already is.
Meanwhile, those holding out hope for an iPad mini upgrade will surely be disappointed to hear Apple apparently has “no further plan” for the diminutive tablet family. On the bright side, the 2015-released 7.9-incher is likely to stick around even after new 12.9 and 11-inch iPad Pros are rolled out this fall. The latter model is expected to replace the current 10.5-inch edition, possibly reducing screen bezels enough so as to not grow in overall size.
Insiders also say these two new iPad Pro variants will come with USB Type-C ports for a “faster charging experience” delivered in cooperation with a “newly-designed 18W power adapter.” That sounds... unlikely, but who can know what Apple has in mind when it comes to charging technology, ports, and connectors?
Speaking of chargers, the AirPower is now rumored to cost anywhere between $160 and $195, definitely launching by the end of the year, while the new iPhone trio is reiterated as including 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED models, as well as a 6.1-inch LCD version.
Finally, those who still care about notebook computers might be happy to hear a 13-inch “inexpensive” MacBook is purportedly coming at a starting price of around $1,200, with Intel Kaby Lake inside.