Kuo confirms much of what we already knew on what to expect for the event, agreeing that Apple will announce the Apple Watch Series 6, and a new iPad Air tomorrow. Early rumors suggested that the iPad Air 4 will feature a Touch ID sensor integrated into the power button, Kuo agrees. According to Kuo beginning in 2021 more iPads will begin to sport Touch ID on the power button.
Kuo once again confirming to Bloomberg’s reporting says that the Apple Watch Series 6 will feature blood-oxygen monitoring and that the design will remain mostly the same. Kuo says to expect a major design fo the Apple Watch in 2021.
According to Kuo, shipments for the Apple Watch and iPad that will be announced tomorrow will begin in mid-September. iPhone 12 shipments will be in early October in the fastest case.
Apple will use a staggered shipment timeline for this year’s new iPhone. According to Kuo the sub-6Ghz version of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be mass-produced and shipped in early October, mid-October, late (2x) October respectively. The mmWave+Sub-6GHz version of the lineup will be mass-produced and shipped at a later date.
Ending months of speculation, Kuo also says that the iPhone 12 lineup will not support ProMotion or 120HZ display. According to Kuo the decision to include the feature was made early in the development of the iPhone and was canceled out. As for other features, Kuo says that the battery has become smaller but thanks to the absence of a 120Hz display, it shouldn’t impact the user’s experience significantly. Furthermore, Kuo says that new iPhones in the 2nd half of 2021 will use LTPO displays and will feature a 120Hz display.
In terms of design, Kuo says that the notch on the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 models will remain the same as the iPhone 11, but says that the notch on the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is “slightly narrower”.