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Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman has a long history of breaking Apple stories thanks to some well-connected sources who provide him with reliable information. Recently, the journalist offered to share his knowledge of Apple’s product roadmap with his followers on Periscope. Here is what he thinks Apple has planned for the iPhone 12, iMac, and more.
iPhone 12 Will Add a LiDAR Scanner
As it has in the past, Apple is planning to launch its next-generation iPhone this fall. Speculation about the iPhone 12 is running rampant with people debating when it will launch and what specs the flagship handset will include.
According to Gurman, Apple may improve the camera even further by adding LiDAR scanners to the two high-end iPhone 12 models. These LiDAR scanners will be similar to the one Apple recently added to the iPad Pro.
The 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models also may ship with faster 120Hz ProMotion displays, which will be exclusive to those models.
iPhone 12 Will Feature an iPad Pro-like Design
The iPhone 12 may borrow heavily from the iPad in its design, as well as the camera. Gurman expects the new handset will have flat stainless steel edges and a flat-screen display. The phones also may have a smaller notch, thanks to some simple hardware changes. As leaked by Jon Prosser, Apple may move the speaker into the bezel and cluster the ambient light and proximity sensors closer together.
Other New Apple Leaks
Gurman packed a lot into his half-hour broadcast, answering questions on everything from the rumored iMac refresh to the ailing HomePod. Here are some of the highlights:
- Apple likely will bring a substantial redesign to the iMac. That rumor about an affordable 23-inch model also seems legitimate, says Gurman.
- The Apple Watch Series 6 will debut later this year with sleep tracking.
- Apple will update the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a new scissor keyboard and a larger 14-inch display. A refresh to the 16-inch ?MacBook Pro? also is expected late fall.
- The HomePod is still under development with a dedicated team working to save the device from its lackluster sales. A smaller, cheaper HomePod with improved Siri integration is in the works.
- There will be a new Apple TV this year, but it probably won’t have 8K support.
- AirTags are a real thing and will debut later this year. Gurman expects it to be branded as a premium product and bundled with a leather case
- Apple still is working on an AirPower charging mat and has an automotive team focused on self-driving automobile technology.
Some things we won’t see this year, according to Gurman, is an under-screen fingerprint sensor in the iPhone and XCode on iOS.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]