Kuo: iPad Pro switching to USB-C, cheaper MacBook with Touch ID, Apple Watch gaining ECG, more

We’re just a couple days away from Apple’s big September 12th event on Wednesday, and reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published his latest predictions. Included are several new details regarding the mid-sized iPhone “Xr”, new iPads and USB-C, the cheaper MacBook and Touch ID, the Apple Watch Series 4 and ECG, and more. Here’s what Kuo is now predicting from Apple:

  • 6.1-inch iPhone still launching in “late Sep-early Oct due to quality issues of assembly and display” — that’s the rumored iPhone “Xr” which Bloomberg says will launch in limited supply
  • iPad Pro will feature Face ID and switch from the Lightning port to USB-C for the first time —that’s a new detail — and ship with the new 18W USB-C charger we’ve seen floating around … iPhone will retain 5W charging and Lightning ports
  • Rumored low-price MacBook may replace 12-inch MacBook in the lineup — and even feature Touch ID without the Touch Bar
  • Apple Watch with slimmer bezels will support electrocardiography (ECG) and use ceramic backs on all models — aluminum currently uses composite glass

Kuo’s graphic for the research note also includes AirPods 2 and the AirPower charging mat, although it’s unclear if Kuo predicts new AirPods with the “Hey Siri” feature as rumored or just the new charging case that works with AirPower.

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