Apple is scheduled to hold a big event on Sept. 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater, where it is expected to launch several products.
The stars of the event could be the three new iPhones and a redesigned Apple Watch, but there were multiple reports that Apple could also use the event to launch other products, including the iPad Pro, MacBook, and the MacBook Air that contain notable changes.
iPad Pro Could Get Major I/O Change
According to reliable industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's next iPad Pro could contain a major I/O change, switching from its usual Lightning connector to USB Type-C. Kuo's revelation was a surprise since there were no reports of any I/O change in connection with the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro is expected to lose some bezels in its 10.5- and 12.9-inch models together with its headphone jack. However, another welcome addition to the iPad Pro's features is the Face ID. In addition, Kuo predicted that an 18W charger will power the new iPad Pro.
The Sept. 12 event could serve as launching pad for the iPad Pro, but there were reports that Apple could postpone its unveiling and move it to October. Apple wants the three iPhones and Apple Watch to be the stars of the show, and including the iPad Pro in the event could become a distraction.
Lower-Priced MacBook With Touch ID Also Expected
The noted TF International Securities analyst also anticipates that the new lower-priced MacBook might replace the current 12-inch MacBook. However, Kuo did not mention if the 12-inch MacBook will be phased out entirely or it will undergo some changes.
Also, Kuo expects that the new lower-priced MacBook will be equipped with the Touch ID fingerprint authentication, but the full-out Touch Bar will not be included in the equation. The Touch Bar will remain exclusive with the select MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch models from 2016 and later.
Apple Watch To Feature Ceramic Backs
When it comes to the Apple Watch Series 4 lineup, Kuo expects that the composite backs from the Series 3 models will be dropped in favor of ceramic backs. Kuo also anticipates that Apple will include electrocardiography (ECG/EKG) functionality to the Series 4 line. The Series 4 is also expected to have narrower bezels.
Previously, it was reported that the Series 4 will have a higher resolution and a faster processor. Also, fitness and health buffs can get other features such as automatic workout detection, new Yoga and Hiking workouts, and pace alerts that can be used to monitor speeds during runs and walks.