A recent report indicates that Apple will launch the 2 AirPods this spring, and the new wireless headphones will cost more than their predecessors. The report also described the future AirPower wireless charger, also planned for a spring release, and offered unexpected information on the Mac family. Apparently, Apple is testing Macs with Face ID and touch screens, although the timing of these devices is not yet clearly defined.
After introducing Face ID on iPad, Apple should do the same with the Mac range. down the road. The facial identity would certainly be a better unlocking mechanism for laptops and desktops than passwords or fingerprints. With respect to touch screens, Apple has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to offer touch-sensitive support to macOS laptops and desktops.
On the other hand, we know from Apple that future versions of macOS should be able to use iOS. Apps from the App Store. These iPhone apps were created with a touch interface, so you should not be as surprised to learn that Apple is testing touchscreen Macs.
That said, MySmartPrice buried this gem at the end of a full report on the AirPods 2 and AirPower:
In addition to the new 2 AirPods, Apple is currently testing Macs with face IDs and touch screens. However, you should not expect a new Mac with Face ID to be launched soon. The current prototypes with Face ID and touch screen are only designed for internal testing.
That's all the report says, but all the information it contains comes from a reliable source who is familiar with Apple's projects. According to this source, the 2 AirPods will have the same design as their predecessors, but they will be in black and white, with a new coating for better grip. In addition, the report says that the new AirPods will have more sensors on board, probably containing health-related features. Finally, the new AirPods will have the same autonomy, but the wireless box will have a smaller battery than before. 2 AirPods, depending on the source, will cost around 200 USD.
The report also states that the AirPower wireless universal charger will cost 150 USD and will be slightly thicker than initially expected due to its 8-7-7 coil configuration. . The accessory will provide "exclusive features" that are not detailed, in addition to wireless charging, but require iOS 13 or later. Finally, television commercials are filmed for the new product.
As you can see, this reliable source has provided a lot of information about two upcoming Apple products, including details that were not part of the previous leaks. If all else fails, it may mean that Apple is actually working on Macs that support facial identity and touchscreen Macs. Once again, Apple continues to test and invent many technologies that do not turn it into commercial products - just look at the large number of patents that Apple receives each year.
Other Mac rumors say Apple is working on ARM. Powered Macs that would pack Series A chips instead of Intel processors. Apple is therefore examining various innovations for the Mac. That said, we do not know for the moment what Mac models will see their updates this year and if there are significant changes planned for existing Mac and MacBook lines, other than the expected processor updates.
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