iPhone SE 2 could sport a frosted glass back

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Check out the latest iPhone SE 2 pre-announcement render
The iPhone SE 2 will resemble the iPhone 8, but not be identical.
Render: OnLeaks/iGeeksBlog

The latest detail leaking out on a hotly-anticipated low-cost iPhone indicate this handset — possibly called the iPhone SE 2 – will have a back of frosted glass.

Quite a bit of other information about this model has come to light, including its dimensions. Which is not surprising, considering it’s rumored to launch in about two months.

Today in Apple history: Apple crushes Think Secret rumors site

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Cupertino's battle with Apple rumors site Think Secret splits Apple fans.
Cupertino's battle with a rumor site splits Apple fans.
Image: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

December 19: Today in Apple history: Apple crushes Think Secret Apple rumors site run by Nick Ciarelli, aka Nick de Plume December 19, 2007: Apple settles a lawsuit with reporter Nick Ciarelli, resulting in the shuttering of Think Secret, his masssively popular Apple rumors website.

Writing under the screen name Nick de Plume, Harvard student Ciarelli had broken a number of Apple stories on the site, which he launched in the late 1990s.

The terms of Ciarelli’s settlement with Apple remain secret. In a statement, he says he will “be able to move forward with my college studies and broader journalistic pursuits.”

iPad Pro with 3D scanner likely to launch in first half of 2020

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iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard
This is actually the iPad Pro, but by looking at this you already know what the Huawei MatePad Pro looks like.
Photo: Apple

iPad Pro fans hoping for new models before the end of 2019 are likely out of luck.

Today’s launch of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro (and slight delay of the Mac Pro launch) are likely to be the last major Apple hardware announcements this year, according to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The often-reliable Apple analyst told investors today that new iPad Pros won’t come out until the first half of 2020 — but new features might make the wait worth it.

Apple Watch Series 6 could handle scuba diving

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swimmer wearing apple watch
Apple Watch is already swim-proof, but the next version could take that to new depths.
Photo: Apple

It’s not exactly going out on a limb, but respected Apple expert Ming-Chi Kuo predicts next year’s Apple Watch Series 6 will be offer better performance than the current one, and include improved wireless speeds.  Still, with the launch about likely 10 months away, it’s not surprising that only a few vague generalities can be said about Apple’s next wearable.

What’s more interesting is a mention of enhanced water resistance that raises the possibility of taking this device to the bottom of the sea.

AirPods Pro might offer all the new features we’re asking for

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ESR AirPods Pro case
This ESR case is designed to protect the redesigned case for AirPods Pro.
Photo: ESR

UPDATE: The wait wasn’t long: Apple’s new AirPods Pro with noise cancellation are already here.

 

Apple is reportedly about to take its wireless earbuds professional. Get ready for AirPods Pro with noise cancellation and a range of color options.

But they’ll also supposedly cost dramatically more than Apple’s current in-ear headphones.

Apple’s 2020 vision: Whole lotta hardware [Cult of Mac Magazine 320]

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Apple's 2020 vision: Whole lotta hardware
Next year looks like it's going to be a blockbuster.
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

If the rumors prove true, next year will bring a wave of new Apple hardware. We’re talking a major iPhone revamp, new Macs and Apple Watches, and even (possibly) augmented reality glasses.

Read all about the latest Apple hardware rumors and predictions in this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine. Download it free from the iOS App Store. The latest issue also explains why we’re hooked on Apple Arcade, along with reviews of several tasty bits of gear. Plus, as usual, you’ll find how-tos for iPhone, Apple Watch and other Apple products.

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16-inch MacBook Pro leaks! We talk about them, on The CultCast

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CultCast #411
A new leak shows the 16-inch MacBook Pro isn't quite what we expected...
Photo: Apple

This week on The CultCast: The new 16-inch MacBook Pro just leaked, but its “new design” leaves a lot of people disappointed. Plus, we’ll tell you why 2020 could deliver Apple’s most impressive hardware in years. And stick around for our favorite new router, mouse, keyboard and iPhone 11 case in an all-new Under Review!

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