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As we get closer to Apple's new product announcements starting with the iPhone,  Apple is gearing up to launch a refreshed Mac Pro and its accompanying monitor, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and Apple Watch software updates, as well as its Apple TV+ video and Apple Arcade gaming subscription services. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Wendy Wu have published their prediction for what's coming to market this fall, starting with the all-important iPhone.


Here’s What to Expect for iPhone


According to Bloomberg, "Apple is planning to launch three new iPhones, as it has done each year since 2017: "Pro" iPhone models to succeed the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max as well as a successor to the iPhone XR.


The main feature of the Pro iPhones will be a new camera system on the back with a third sensor for capturing ultra-wide-angle photos and videos. The extra camera will let users zoom out and capture a larger field of view. The sensors will capture three images simultaneously and use new artificial intelligence software to automatically correct the combined photo if, for example, a person is accidentally cut out of one of the shots. The new system will also take higher resolution pictures rivaling some traditional cameras. Photos taken in very low-light environments will improve, too. 


Another notable new feature: A reverse wireless charging system so that a user can power-up the latest AirPods in the optional wireless-charging case by leaving it on the back of the new Pro phones. This is similar to a capability that Samsung Electronics Co. rolled out for its Galaxy handsets earlier this year."


In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple may Join Huawei and Samsung with Wireless Reverse Charging for 2019 iPhones and perhaps beyond."


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Bloomberg further notes in their report that "The phones will include a new multi-angle FaceID sensor that captures a wider field of view so that users can unlock the handsets more easily – even when the devices are flat on a table.


Apple has dramatically enhanced water resistance for the new models, which could allow them to be submerged under water far longer than the 30-minute rating on the current iPhones.


The new models will have updated OLED screens that lack the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch technology. Apple is replacing this with Haptic Touch, which essentially mirrors 3D Touch’s functionality with a long press, as it did with the iPhone XR last year.


The iPhone XR’s successor will gain a second back camera for optical zoom, the ability to zoom in further without degrading quality, and enhanced portrait mode. Apple is also adding a new green version.


All of the new iPhones will have faster A13 processors. There’s a new component in the chip, known internally as the 'AMX” or “matrix' co-processor, to handle some math-heavy tasks, so the main chip doesn’t have to. That may help with computer vision and augmented reality, which Apple is pushing a core feature of its mobile devices."


What's not mentioned is the iPhone Pro working with Apple Pencil which patents have pointed to for years. AppleInsider reported yesterday about a case manufacturer creating an iPhone case that provides a space or compartment to house a smaller version of Apple Pencil.  That would be an interesting development, if the rumor pans out.


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Apple is planning a revamped MacBook Pro with a screen over 16-inches diagonally. The bezels on the new laptop will be slimmer so the overall size of the laptop will be close to the current 15-inch models.


The new laptop would mark Apple’s largest since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012. It’s part of an effort by Apple to retain and woo professional computer users.


For predictions on the iPad and much more, read the full Bloomberg report.


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