According to Bloomberg, Apple is preparing to introduce an extensive range of hardware this fall. The Cupertino, California-based company plans to launch a total of four new iPhone models, a pair of Apple Watch smartwatches, its first on-ear headphones, an updated mid-range iPad Air, and a smaller HomePod smart speaker.
The Bloomberg report is in line with previous rumors, adding that despite the pandemic, Apple has asked its suppliers to produce almost the same amount of iPhones as it did last year.
The cornerstone of Apple's upcoming new line of products will be the next line of iPhones. According to Bloomberg, Apple will unveil four new 5G iPhones, each with an updated exterior with square iPad Pro-like edges and OLED screens with "improved color and clarity." While the report does not specifically state whether these new displays feature mini-LED technology, the description suggests the same thing.
However, all of these iPhones have a different screen size. The base models will come in 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch sizes, while the Pro variants will have 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch panels – the largest ever for a iPhone was used. The top-of-the-line iPhone 12 will also reportedly feature a lidar system, an additional sensor primarily used for depth sensing, and better augmented reality experiences that Apple unveiled with the latest iPad Pro. As previously reported, Apple will likely ship the non-Pro models a few weeks earlier than the Pro models.
In addition, this time Apple will introduce two new Apple Watch smartwatches. One will be a successor to the flagship Apple Watch Series 5 and the other will serve as an entry-level alternative to compete with low-cost competitors like Fitbit. A smaller, cheaper HomePod smart speaker is also in the works. These low-cost products go well with Apple's renewed focus on offering its products at low prices as it is difficult to regain declining market share in countries like India.
Additionally, the Bloomberg report confirms earlier rumors that Apple will soon be releasing a redesigned iPad Air with narrower bezels – similar to the iPad Pro. While the iPad Air doesn't share any further details, it has reportedly had a fingerprint reader in the power button and is compatible with the Magic keyboard.