UPDATE: May 18th- Apple Ups Limit for Employees
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that Apple has increased the purchasing limit for employees on HomePod from 2 to 10 as it tries to clear inventory amid a new release as reported below.
In a surprise early morning report, Bloomberg has given us some new and repeated information about the upcoming iPhone’s and other new products. Bloomberg reports that 4 models of the 2020 iPhone lineup will feature 5G, despite earlier reports suggesting only 2 were. Corroborating what Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated, they will feature square-edged stainless steel frames similar to the iPad.
This year’s successors to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be joined by two lower-end models to replace the iPhone 11. At least the two high-end devices will have flat stainless steel edges instead of the current curved design as well as more sharply rounded corners like the iPad Pro introduced in 2018. Reminiscent of the iPhone 5 design, the new handsets will have flat screens rather than the sloping edges on current models, said the people asking not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.
The media outlet also states that Apple hasn’t notified any suppliers of any “significant delays” to the next iPhone, but does expect a release “multiple weeks later than normal.” Apple engineers are also expected to be traveling to China this May to finalize prototypes and product designs. An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.
The report also states that the upcoming Pro models of the iPhone will have three cameras, while the lower end models will feature 2. And as expected, the LiDAR sensor that came up with the brand new iPad Pro will join the iPhone lineup. The top tier iPhone will reportedly have a 6.5-inch screen, and dispelling any rumors that the notch will be removed, Bloomberg carefully says that:
Apple is investigating removing the cutout at the top of the display for the selfie camera and Face ID sensors in future designs, and it’s likely to reduce that notch in size with this year’s models.
Bloomberg also states that Apple is working on a lite version of the HomePod expected to be released sometime this year. The newer model of the HomePod has been in development for a few months and has faced a delay. Apple aims to directly take on Amazon Alexa and Google Home in terms of pricing, although the HomePod still lacks in basic home speaker functionality.
We also learned some new information about AirTags, a device much like the Tile trackers. It’s reportedly been in the works for more than a year, hoped to be released this year and will “be bundled with an Apple-designed leather sleeve and a keychain to attach it to objects.”