Wednesday, December 8, 2021
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Rumor round-up: AirPod Pros, new HomeKit devices from Apple, the iPhone SE 2

The rumor mills is in overdrive, so let’s look at all the speculation as we kick off the week.

First: new AirPods. Apple is allegedly informing members of the media of “AirPods Pro” in pre-launch meetings, with the rumored next-generation models to be shown to journalists at local offices over the next week, according to AppleInsider.

Chances the rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group: 90%. The next gen AirPods are likely to come in multiple colors, have noise cancellation features, fit more snugly, and offer more water resistance. So why not call ‘em “Pros”?

Second: new HomeKit products from Apple. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says Apple is looking to hire more folks for a team to work on more HomeKit smart-home software and devices beyond the HomePod “in an effort to catch up in a field where Google and Amazon.com Inc. have dominated.”

Chances the rumor is true: 70%. Apple may have other smart home products in the pipeline, but I’d expect the company to redouble efforts to make it the HomePod more successful. Smaller, less expensive models and a more expensive home theater system version that would fit into its Apple TV+ streaming service plans seems like a logical move.

Third: the iPhone SE 2. In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the iPhone SE 2 will go into mass production in January and will launch in March 2020. He thinks the lower priced smartphone will sport: a 4.7-inch display, A13 CPU, 3GB of LPDDR4X RAM; a Home button but no 3D Touch, come in 64GB and 128GB options; and be available in space grey, silver, and red colors.

Chances the rumor is true: 85%. I’m a bit dubious about the red offering, but the timeline makes senses for a more economically prided iPhone.

Four: ProMotion iPhones. According to DigiTimes, Apple will use iPad Pro-style ProMotion displays in at least some of its 2020 iPhones. The new displays are said to bring a faster, more responsive feel to the smartphones.

Chances the rumor is true: 95%. The iPhone is Apple’s favored child and ProMotion is designed to enhance the visual experience, so why would the tech giant not move it to its smartphone platform when feasible?

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.