Apple AirPods might make Beats headphones look like a bargain

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EarPods aren't going wireless in 2016.
At least you won't have to deal with this anymore.
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The wireless future won’t be cheap if you want to listen to music on Apple’s upcoming Bluetooth earbuds.

Apple’s long-rumored AirPods could be revealed at tomorrow’s keynote for the iPhone 7 and according to one of the best Apple analysts in the game, they’re going to cost more than a set of Beats headphones.

10.5-inch iPad Pro coming in 2017, OLED upgrade in 2018

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A new size of iPad Pro is on the way, apparently.
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Apple will ship three new iPads next year, according to well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — including a low-cost 9.7-inch iPad, upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro variant as well.

But the really big changes, he claims, are planned for the year after…

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.

Apple may ditch aluminum for all-glass iPhone casing next year

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We may be waving goodbye to Jony Ive's love affair with aluminum.
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Jony Ive’s beloved aluminum casing is as about as iconic a part of the iPhone as the Apple logo or a working OS. Despite that, a new report claims that the company will ditch its aluminum look for an all-glass enclosure for next year’s iPhone 7s.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed this tidbit over the weekend in a note to clients, which also reiterated the view that the 2017-era iPhone will sport an OLED display.

Apple Watch shipments predicted to fall 25 percent this year

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The Apple Watch may be the first major Apple product to see a sales decline in year 2.
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Apple Watch shipments may fall by more than one-quarter this year as compared to 2015, claims well-connected KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In an investment note to clients, Kuo writes that he thinks Apple Watch shipments will top out at fewer than 7.5 million units this year. That’s a significant drop from the 10.6 million units he estimates made up last year’s total shipments of the device.

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.

iPhone 7s Plus may get curved glass body

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While the iPhone 7 might look much like current models, Apple reportedly is planning a big change for 2017.
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The iPhone may finally ditch its metal casing in 2017 in favor of a new curved glass body similar to the one on Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge.

Apple’s next big redesign of the iPhone is slated for next year, reports KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims in his latest note to investors that Apple will pair the new case design with a 5.8-inch AMOLED display.