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DigiTimes: production of “iPhone 9”, launch of “AirPods Pro Lite” and Mini-LED gadgets in 2020

Rumors are timeless, but they have a greater incidence at the beginning of the year, when websites and analysts place their bets on (possible) launches in the coming months.

In recent days, who has published several news about some probable Apple releases is the DigiTimes. As we know, the Taiwanese daily newspaper has a mixed reputation when it comes to rumors, but there is no denying that the vehicle does have access to some inside information from the Cupertino giant’s supply chain in the Asian region.

Without further ado, let’s check out what has been rumored?

Production of the “iPhone 9”

Among the rumors, the DigiTimes assumes that the * likely * incoming iPhone, the infamous “IPhone 9” or “IPhone SE 2”, has recently entered the final production verification phase at a factory in China.

Apple will soon introduce a new LCD model of the iPhone, provisionally dubbed “SE 2”, which recently entered the final verification phase at an assembly plant in Zhengzhou, China, according to industry sources.

Despite this, they report that PCB orders have been delayed from the first to the second quarter of this year, again suggesting a delay in the schedule.

The parts were originally expected for the first quarter, that is, until the end of this month. However, Apple apparently reportedly notified its suppliers to deliver the components only as of next month – mostly due to the consequences of the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in China.

As we already informed, it is possible that this device will be launched later this month, but with limited availability initially, since everything points to a mass production starting in April.

The new device is expected to start at $ 400 and have a similar design to the iPhone 8, with a 4.7-inch display. Inside, rumors suggest that it will be equipped with an A13 chip and, although the device may have only one camera, in fact like the iPhone 8, it is still unclear whether it will be updated to fall short of the camera system of the new models (11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max).

“AirPods Pro Lite”

A few weeks ago, we commented on the possibility of Apple launching new AirPods Pro, but not exactly the model we know, but an entry version – after rumors spread (pretend surprise) also by DigiTimes.

Now, the website has brought more information about this (not so conventional) product, more precisely about the production period: the manufacture of the “AirPods Pro Lite” may start between the beginning and the middle of April, followed by the assembly of the headphones .

Although the DigiTimes keep referring to headphones as “AirPods Pro Lite”, it is unlikely that Apple will actually adopt that name to market the product. As we said, there are only assumptions of how these gadgets would be, like the same design as the AirPods Pro, but without some of its functions, such as Active Noise Canceling and Ambient Mode.

Gadgets with Mini-LED screens

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THE DigiTimes also found some information recently released by the TF International Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, more precisely regarding the launch of new gadgets equipped with Mini-LED screens, as we explain here.

According to the Taiwanese website, Apple plans to launch a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and “various models” of MacBooks with Mini-LED displays by the end of this year, according to industry sources.

Kuo said earlier this week that Apple could launch six products with the new technology: a 14 ″ MacBook Pro, one 16 ″ MacBook Pro, one 12.9 ″ iPad Pro, one 10.2 ″ iPad, one 7.9 ″ iPad mini it is a 27 ″ iMac Pro.

THE DigiTimes claims that Apple will also adopt the Mini-LED for “some models of LCD monitors”, but it is not clear whether this refers to their desktops or independent monitors. The Pro Display XDR, Apple’s top-of-the-line model, uses 576 LEDs (which are not Mini-LEDs); in comparison, the first iPad and MacBook models with the technology are expected to have more than 10,000 LEDs.

Both Kuo and DigiTimes suggest that Epistar, Taiwan’s largest LED maker, will be a major supplier of new technology for iPad and MacBook models.

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via MacRumors: 1, 2, 3; 9to5Mac