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New MacBook Pros Might Be Announced by Apple This Month ➝

Neil Hughes, writing for AppleInsider:

Citing details from a “reliable Chinese supplier,” Macotakara reported on Wednesday that Apple is set to announce a new MacBook Pro lineup in June. Aligning with earlier leaks, the report claimed that the redesigned notebook will feature USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, ditching legacy USB-A connectors, as well as Thunderbolt 2 and MagSafe 2 charging.

Next Apple Watch Will Be Mostly Internal Upgrades ➝

Neil Hughes, writing for AppleInsider:

The KGI Securities analyst dished details on the next-generation Apple Watch in a research note issued on Monday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider. Kuo claims that the 2016 Apple Watch will feature “spec improvements with limited changes to form factor design.”

Those expecting a new look for the Apple Watch, such as a thinner profile, will have to wait until the company’s anticipated 2017 upgrade, he said. This year’s model is expected to be much like the iPhone tick-tock upgrade schedule, with an “s” update focusing on the internal components rather than the external design.

This shouldn’t come as much a surprise, this is how Apple develops all of their products.

Ming-Chi Kuo: New 4-inch iPhone in Early 2016 ➝

Neil Hughes, writing for AppleInsider:

The KGI Securities analyst, who has a strong track record in predicting Apple’s future product plans, believes Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone will resemble an upgraded iPhone 5s. The handset will come in a metal casing, and will feature identical camera specifications to the current entry-level iPhone, he said.

But in a key specification upgrade, Kuo said the new 4-inch iPhone will boast an A9 processor, as well as near-field communications technology for Apple Pay. He expects the device will cost between $400 and $500, with the goal of reaching emerging markets and consumers looking for a more affordable iPhone.

Only Five Percent of Mac Users at IBM Need Help Desk Support, Compared to Forty Percent of PC Users ➝

Neil Hughes, writing for AppleInsider:

Speaking to more than a thousand Apple IT administrators was Fletcher Previn, vice president of Workplace-as-a-Service at IBM. Big Blue began offering employees the ability to use a Mac at work starting on June 1, and adoption has been a tremendous success.

Previn revealed that IBM is now deploying 1,900 Macs per week, and there are currently 130,000 iOS and Mac devices at use within the company. All of these devices are supported by just 24 help desk staff members.

Further, Previn revealed that just 5 percent of Mac users call IBM’s internal help desk for assistance, compared to 40 percent of PC users.

Is this surprising to anyone?

Apple’s iPod Lineup to See Refresh This Year ➝

Neil Hughes, reporting for AppleInsider:

A source familiar with Apple’s future product plans indicated that Apple’s iPods — specifically the largest-screened model, the iPod touch — are expected to see an update later this year.

The source suggested that Apple could retain the same 4-inch screen size as the current iPod touch model, though they didn’t offer any certainty on that front.

He goes on to suggest that Apple is likely to reuse parts from the iPhone lineup in the new iPod touch. But, what if the iPod touch is to the Apple Watch what the iPad is to the iPhone? What if, instead of reusing parts from the iPhone, Apple builds a beefier version of the S1 (maybe call it the S1X) that’s intended to run a full installation of iOS?

There’s no need to worry about Apple having economies of scale with the iPhone, they’re going to continue selling enough units to be able to maintain inexpensive manufacturing costs. But, building efficiencies in the manufacturing of the Watch is a little more difficult. Even if the Watch is a smash-hit it’s unlikely to ever outsell the iPhone.

Sharing parts (or similar parts, as the case may be) between the Apple Watch and iPod touch could be a clever way to get the manufacturing of both products combined up to a scale that’s closer to that of the iPhone. This, of course, would help lower the cost to manufacture those parts and help keep their margins high while maintaining a price point that doesn’t have the benefit of beingobfuscated by cellular contract subsidies.

Or, they could just continue designing the iPod touch with the same parts they’ve used in previous iPhone models. But, thinking about the iPod touch as more of a peer to the Apple Watch than the iPhone makes a lot of sense to me.

Apple Starts Production on MacBook Air Refresh ➝

Kasper Jade and Neil Hughes:

Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo exclusively told AppleInsider that the Mac maker has placed orders for the production of a total of 380,000 Sandy Bridge-based 11.6 and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs this month.

I hope this is true. I want a MacBook Air and have decided not to buy until these upgrades hit.

Photo Shows Alleged Next-Generation iPod nano with Camera ➝

Neil Hughes reporting for AppleInsider:

Crediting a source named “Ray” from California, [tw.apple.pro] suggests that the next iPod nano will not include a clip as the current model does. Placing a clip on the back of the device would cover the camera lens on the supposed device.

A camera on a device with such a small screen doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. But, many of the early digital cameras didn’t have screens much bigger than this.

And, regarding the removal of the clip: simply stupid.

Production of iPhone 5 Rumored for September ➝

Neil Hughes:

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with Concord Securities issued a note on Monday offering alleged details of the next iPhone. His checks with supply chain sources indicated that the next handset from Apple will not feature an all-new-design, but rather only “slight modifications” from the iPhone 4.

He expects the iPhone 5 to feature an A5 processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, an improved antenna design, and for it to go into mass production in September.