Apple could keep us waiting for 3 new iPads

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Put away your wallets for now.
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Apple is expected to launch three new iPad models in various sizes in 2017, but we may have to wait until the second half of the year to get our hands on them.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain have confirmed earlier reports that three new models are coming — but they’re unlikely to arrive this spring as previously anticipated.

2017 MacBook Pro to bring Intel Kaby Lake, 32GB of RAM

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The next MacBook Pro will bring the power pro users require.
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Apple will launch a new 15-inch MacBook Pro later this year powered by Intel’s next-generation Kaby Lake processors and 32GB of desktop-class RAM, according to a reliable analyst.

The latest models feature Skylake chips and up to 16GB of RAM, but many professionals have complained this just isn’t enough for a high-end notebook.

Apple to deliver 3 new iPads this spring, but no new mini

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The iPad lineup could look a lot different this spring.
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Apple is expected to unveil three new iPad devices this spring, but none of them will cater to fans of the iPad mini.

According to one reliable analyst, the company is focusing its efforts on updating the 9.7-inch iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and on introducing a new model with a 10- to 10.5-inch display.

Smaller iPhone still won’t get dual-lens camera in 2017

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Dual-lens camera will be exclusive to Plus-sized iPhones in 2017.
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You won’t have to buy the most expensive iPhone to get the best camera Apple makes in 2017.

Apple is reportedly planning to include a dual-lens camera on two different iPhone models, according to one of the most accurate Apple analysts that also predicts three different models will be announced next year.

Apple’s first AR product may arrive by 2018

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All Apple has to do is making something that looks less dorky than this.
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Apple’s stalling autonomous car project caused the company to shift its attention to augmented reality, according to analyst Ming Chi Kuo, who says the company is racing ahead of the competition when it comes to AR.

In a new note to investors, the KGI Securities analyst says Apple’s decision to develop a self-driving platform instead of an entire electric car makes sense. The company will use augmented reality to provide an incredible experience, he predicts.

Apple Watch product line could split in two this year

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We may get double the number of Apple Watch 2 models we're expecting.
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Apple will reportedly release two different next-gen Apple Watch devices, according to a well-connected analyst.

In a note sent to investors over the weekend, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will launch a slight iterative improvement on the Apple Watch later this year, boasting the same overall design but an improved 16nm processor and improved waterproofing. However, really keen Apple Watch enthusiasts will also be able to get the Apple Watch 2, which will reportedly add a host of other improvements.

2016 iPhone shipments may fall well below expectations

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Apple's iPhone shipments may slip below 200 million this year.
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According to well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is likely to disappoint on its total number of iPhone shipments this year — with numbers set to fall below 200 million, compared with 232 million handsets last year.

Leaked iPhone SE screen assembly shows it’s missing one key feature

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The iPhone SE is on the left, the iPhone 6s is on the right. What's missing?
The iPhone SE is on the left, the iPhone 6s is on the right. What's missing?
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Earlier today, we heard some disappointing news: The 4-inch iPhone SE probably won’t come with 3D Touch, Apple’s new force-sensitive touchscreen technology. Now, a leaked screen assembly purported to be of the iPhone SE seems to confirm that report as being true. Bummer!