Each week brings a handful of Apple rumors. Here’s what’s making the rounds this week (and my take on ‘em):
New “ultra-thin” MacBooks will launch in the second half of the year and will sport metal injection, mold-made hinges. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 95%. I’m not sure about the hinges, but I predict that the MacBook line will be available in 12-inch and 15-inch versions with the MacBook Air line being phased out entirely.
This year's second-generation Apple Watch will feature improved internal components, but its external design will be largely unchanged from the first-generation model, according to a research note issued by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, as noted by AppleInsider. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 95%. I think he’s right and that big news in Apple Watch developments will be those internals and a new version of watchOS to be introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this summer.
Speaking of the second generation Apple Watch, which is expected to launch in the second half of 2016, supply chain informant DigiTimes reports that Samsung and other overseas manufacturers have secured component orders for the next-generation device. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 100%. The Apple Watch 2 will debut no later than September.
The design for the next-generation "iPhone 7" may have already leaked, a new report claims, adding new details about Bluetooth EarPods that will allegedly pair and charge through the Lightning port. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 100%. I’m now convinced that the upcoming smartphones will indeed ditch the traditional headphone jack and support only Lightning and Bluetooth connectable earphones and headphones.
Another report claims that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will each sport a Smart Connector when they launch later this year. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 50%. What’s the purpose? I doubt it’s for a really small Smart Keyboard.
And still speaking of the iPhone (this time the iPhone 8), Samsung will begin supplying Apple with OLED display panels starting in 2017, reports The Korea Herald. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 100%. Samsung and Apple are best frenemies. We’ll see the first iPhones with OLED displays next year.
A future Safari web browser update will bring cross-platform real-time video and audio chatting to iOS and Mac OS X. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 60%. I think it’s feasible, but I’m not yet convinced this is going to happen.