Kang: New iPad Pro coming mid-April, Wi-Fi version may come first

The rumor: Apple’s next iPad Pro is coming in just days, according to Kang (97% accurate).

In a response to being asked about when the new tablet was coming, Kang provided the following details…

  • The tablet is releasing in the middle of the month (April)
  • The Wi-Fi-only iPad Pro is releasing ahead of the cellular version

Our take: This is, by far, Kang’s most cryptic post yet. It was created in response to being harassed about the device from some of his followers (don’t do that, if that is you). Seems like this new iPad is imminent…

Apple March event scheduled for the 23rd (sources)

The rumor: Apple is definitely holding an event in March, according to Kang 康总 (97.8% accurate) and Jon Prosser (78.2% accurate).

  • Both sources, rated above 75% accurate, say that Apple has set the date, March 23, for their first special event of 2021
  • OnePlus is rumored to hold a product unveil on the same day, as well

Our take: Everything has been pointing to Apple holding an event in March, and two of the best sources out there have just confirmed it. I’d expect Apple to announce the event on March 16.

https://twitter.com/jon_prosser/status/1368859296507760641?s=20

iPad mini with edge-to-edge display may be in early development

The rumor: Apple is working on an all-new iPad mini, according to Kang 康总 (97.8% accurate).

  • The edge-to-edge iPad mini is said to be in the P2 stage, which is early on in a product’s development cycle
  • It’s possible that Kang 康总 could be referring to a different model (our translation here is a bit inconsistent), but an iPad mini seems most likely

Our take: While there has been speculation of an edge-to-edge iPad mini for years, this is the first we’ve heard from a credible source. If we do ever see this product ship, I wouldn’t expect it for some time.

Apple October 2020 event leaderboard update

This is our biggest leaderboard update yet. While other products see rumors intermittently throughout the year, Apple’s biggest product, the iPhone, is relentlessly leaked week-by-week until the eventual Fall unveil. Following the October 13 event, here’s how iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and HomePod mini rearranged the source leaderboard.

Sources that increased

🏀 Mark Gurman: 87.8 ⮕ 88.3% accurate

  • +30 correct rumors
  • -2 incorrect claims

🧻 Jon Prosser: 74.5 ⮕ 85.2% accurate

  • +69 correct rumors
  • -6 incorrect claims

👨‍💻 Ming-Chi Kuo: 74.6 ⮕ 77.5% accurate

  • +19 correct rumors
  • -1 incorrect claims

🗞 WSJ: 76.7 ⮕ 77.4% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

MacRumors: 69 ⮕ 70% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

🧭 Macotakara: 66.7 ⮕ 69.6% accurate

  • +16 correct rumors
  • -5 incorrect claims

🍍 Max Weinbach: 63 ⮕ 67.1% accurate

  • +23 correct rumors
  • -8 incorrect claims

🔢 DigiTimes: 61.3 ⮕ 65% accurate

  • +14 correct rumors
  • -4 incorrect claims

🦅 Barclays: 57.9 ⮕ 64.5% accurate

  • +9 correct rumors
  • -3 incorrect claims

The Verifier: 51.3 ⮕ 51.9% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

💵 Economic Daily News: 36.1 ⮕ 36.8% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor
  • -1 incorrect claim

Source(s) that stayed the same

🧧 Kang 康总: 97.8 ⮕ 97.8% accurate

  • +84 correct rumors
  • -2 incorrect claims

Sources that decreased

🌙 L0vetodream: 88.9 ⮕ 87.9% accurate

  • +32 correct rumors
  • – 5 incorrect claims

Note: As you may have noticed, no source is 100% accurate. That’s because all sources get some info right and some info wrong: do not harass anyone for their track record. The leaderboard functionality on AppleTrack is here only to help Apple enthusiasts better understand how likely a rumor really is.

As always, if you notice a discrepancy on someone’s record, let us know.

iPhone 12 will feature ‘Smart HDR 3,’ improved night mode

The leak: iPhone 12 models will include improved software alongside upgraded camera modules, according to Kang 康总 (97.8% accurate).

  • Enhanced Smart HDR will be upgraded to 3rd-generation Smart HDR
  • Deep fusion and night mode are also improving year-over-year

Our take: The physical camera upgrades are half of the story, but these improvements are equally exciting. Smart HDR has been amazing since it launched, so I’m curious to see what a 3rd generation version will bring.

iPhone 12 release dates scattered between October 23 and November 20

The leak: Apple has a wildly unorthodox release schedule for iPhone 12 models this year, according to Kang 康总 (97.8% accurate).

  • iPhone 12 (6.1-inch) and iPhone 12 Pro (6.1-inch): Pre-orders on Friday, October 16, orders arrive on Friday, October 23
  • iPhone 12 mini (5.4-inch): Pre-orders on Friday, November 6, orders arrive on Friday, November 13
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7-inch): Pre-orders on Friday, November 13, orders arrive on Friday, November 20

Our take: Kang 康总 has nailed almost every detail of the past few Apple events down to the tee. That being said, the source gave a word of warning when it came to release dates, suggesting that this info is still fluid and not set in stone.

‘AirPower’ returning at October event as new MagSafe chargers

The leak: Apple is set to bring back the MagSafe brand at their October event happening next week, according to Kang 康总 (97.8% accurate).

  • After canceling AirPower, Apple’s will be unveiling to new wireless chargers: MagSafe and MagSafe Duo
  • The first charger will hold one device and the other will be capable of holding two
  • Both wireless chargers will likely be able to output at 15W, which the new iPhones support

Our take: Kang 康总 has nailed almost every detail of the past few Apple events down to the tee. I would consider these details confirmed.

All iPhone 12 details revealed: starts at $699, mmWave 5G & major camera upgrades

Update @12:48am PST: Release date info has also leaked, with three distinct launches this year…

The leak: The details for Apple’s entire iPhone 12 lineup have leaked, according to the all-knowing Kang 康总 (97.8% accurate).

iPhone 12 mini

  • 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display
  • Wide and ultra-wide rear lenses
    • ƒ/1.6
    • Native Dolby Vision shooting
  • Black, white, red, blue and green colors
  • Wireless charging up to 15W
  • mmWave 5G on US models
  • Smart Data Mode
  • 64/128/256GB storage
  • No headphones or charger in the box
  • $699

iPhone 12

  • 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
  • Wide and ultra-wide rear lenses
    • ƒ/1.6
    • Native Dolby Vision shooting
  • Black, white, red, blue and green colors
  • Wireless charging up to 15W
  • mmWave 5G on US models
  • Smart Data Mode
  • 64/128/256GB storage
  • No headphones or charger in the box
  • $799

iPhone 12 Pro

  • 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display
  • Wide, ultra-wide and telephoto rear lenses with 4x optical zoom
    • ƒ/1.6
    • Native Dolby Vision shooting
  • New 7 element lens
  • LiDAR sensor
  • Gold, sliver, black and blue colors
  • Wireless charging up to 15W
  • mmWave 5G on US models
  • Smart Data Mode
  • 128/256/512GB storage
  • No headphones or charger in the box
  • $999

iPhone 12 Pro Max

  • 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display
  • Wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses with 5x optical zoom
    • ƒ/1.6
    • Native Dolby Vision shooting
    • 47% larger sensors
  • New 7 element lens
  • LiDAR sensor
  • Gold, sliver, black and blue colors
  • Wireless charging up to 15W
  • mmWave 5G on US models
  • Smart Data Mode
  • 128/256/512GB storage
  • No headphones or charger in the box
  • $1,099

Our take: Kang 康总 has nailed almost every detail of the past few Apple events down to the tee. I would consider these details confirmed.

HomePod mini coming at October event for $99

The leak: Apple’s smaller HomePod is set to be announced at next week’s October special event, according to the all-knowing Kang 康总 (97.8% accurate).

  • The mini version of the HomePod sits only 3.3 inches tall
  • Powering the lower-end speaker will be the Apple S5 processor
  • Pre-orders may begin on November 6 with orders arriving on November 16

Our take: Kang 康总 has nailed almost every detail of the past few Apple events down to the tee. I would consider these details confirmed.

Apple Watch ‘SE’ to include S5 processor

The leak: The new lower-cost Apple Watch rumored to be debut later this week will include a quick processor inside, according to Kang (95% accurate).

  • The speedy S5 processor will be present, which suggests this could include a built-in compass, like on the Series 5
  • An altimeter, initially introduced on the Apple Watch Series 3, will also remain on this lower-cost wearable

Our take: This source, Kang, nailed a ton of leaks for watchOS 7 and the iPhone SE earlier in 2020. Initially you may be surprised that Apple plans to put the barely year-old Series 5 processor in this low-cost watch. Then again, the S5 processor is identical to the 2018 S4…the only difference being a built-in magnetometer.

Thanks to DuanRui for spotting these posts on Weibo.