This week’s rumors (and my take on them): April 1

Each week brings a handful of Apple rumors. Here’s what’s making the rounds this week (and my take on ‘em):

In a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will introduce a new high-end iPhone model in 2017 that sports a curved glass case, a 5.8-inch AMOLED display, and wireless charging. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 75%. I think he’s right about the curved glass case and wireless charging, but I don’t think Apple will release a smartphone any bigger than the current iPhone 6s Plus.

DigiTimes says “ultra-thin” 13- and 15-inch MacBooks will ship at the end of the second quarter. They’ll purportedly share a design similar to the existing 12-inch MacBook, but will be thinner than the existing MacBook Air. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. Along with the new laptops, I expect the Mac laptop line-up to be streamlined to simply MacBook and MacBook Pro models with the Air designation vanishing.

This mock-up of "ultra-thin" MacBook Pros was created by Andrew Ambrosino and spotted at 9to5Mac.com

This mock-up of "ultra-thin" MacBook Pros was created by Andrew Ambrosino and spotted at 9to5Mac.com

AppleInsider notes, that following the naming conventions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, Apple's Mac operating system could soon return to the name "macOS," if code spotted in the latest release of El Capitan is to be believed. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 80%. I think that’s the logical move, though I’ll personally miss the guessing game on what California location Apple would pick for the next OS X upgrade.