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Report: Apple Watch Series 7 production to ramp up this month, M1X MacBook Pros in October/November

9to5Mac 03 September, 2021 - 01:11pm

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A new report claims the mini-LED MacBook Pro rumored for release later this year might be delayed because of silicon shortages.

From Digitimes:

The ongoing chip shortages that are in varying degrees may cause the launch of Apple's upcoming miniLED-backlit MacBook Pros to be scheduled in October or even November, instead of the usual September, according to industry sources.

As noted, Apple reportedly has plans to release a new range of mini-LED MacBook Pro models, in both 14-inch and 16-inch sizes. According to reports, they could feature a new 10-core M1X Apple silicon processor, as well as a new design and the return of MagSafe charging, HDMI ports, and SD memory card slots.

We haven't heard a great deal about a possible release date, with Mark Gurman only offering "as early as the summer" and multiple erroneous reports claiming it would be announced at WWDC.

Digitimes, for its part, claims that Apple's MacBook won't come in "the usual September", which is very odd because the most recent run of MacBooks was released in November. Digitimes has previously reported Apple plans to host not one but two events in September, which could explain the thinking here. It could be that Digitimes was referring to Apple's original plan for this September, rather than its previous pattern of releases.

The news comes just a day after multiple reports stated that the Apple Watch Series 7 might be delayed because of the intense manufacturing process required to create its new design, which is reportedly causing delays to production. Apple is expected to unveil iPhone 13 later this month, and also reportedly has an iPad mini 6 and a new iPad up its sleeve also.

Digitimes doesn't have the best track record of predicting Apple's moves but tends to be more plugged in to supply chain reports (such as delays) rather than specific features Apple has planned for its products. If this report is correct, we might be waiting a few more weeks for Apple's next Best MacBook to arrive.

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Apple Watch Series 7 may have new watchfaces to take advantage of bigger screens

The Verge 03 September, 2021 - 01:11pm

Apple may announce the new watches as soon as this month

Gurman has previously reported that the next watch, which he says will be called the Apple Watch Series 7, will be offered in 41mm and 45mm screen sizes. In his new article, he reiterated those sizes and added that the larger model’s screen will measure 1.9 inches diagonally, up from 1.78 inches on the bigger Series 6, and offer about 16 percent more pixels with a resolution of 396 x 484, up from 368 x 448. Both Series 7 watches will also have thinner borders around their screens, Gurman says.

Apple is also working on new watchfaces. One, called Modular Max, will apparently show the time, one small complication, and then have larger complications that “span the length of the screen stacked on top of each other below,” Gurman says. Another, which Gurman says goes by the name of Atlas and World Timer internally at Apple, “will let a user see all 24 time zones simultaneously.” One, called Continuum, will “change based on the flow of time and the current hour.” Apple is also working on new watchfaces for its Apple Watches made in partnership with Hermes and Nike. Some of these may ship with the Series 7, according to Gurman.

As Gurman has said previously, he reiterated that the Series 7 will have a faster processor and a new case with flatter edges. However, production issues reported Tuesday could mean the Series 7 is delayed or in short supply when it’s available.

Apple plans to announce the new watches “as soon as this month,” Gurman says. That timeline would line up with previous years.

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Apple keeps lead in growing smartwatch market as fitness bands decline

AppleInsider 03 September, 2021 - 01:11pm

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The Apple Watch is maintaining its dominance of the smartwatch industry as the market for more basic wrist-worn devices like fitness trackers continues to decline.

Globally, the wearables market grew 5.6% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2021, reaching 40.9 million units total, according to Canalys. That market includes smartwatches like the Apple Watch and less advanced bands like the Fitbit or Xiaomi Mi Band 6.

Bolstered by the launch of the Mi Smart Band 6, Xiaomi actually overtook Apple as the top-shipping wrist-worn wearable vendor in the second quarter. Xiaomi had 19.6% of the market and 8 million shipments, compared to Apple's 19.3% and 7.9 million shipments.

However, Apple still appears to be growing faster than Xiaomi, with 29.4% year-over-year growth compared to the Chinese company's 2.6%.

In the smartwatch category, which excludes more basic wearables, Apple is still the top player — and it isn't even close. Apple's had 31.1% of the smartwatch market in the second quarter. In second place was Huawei with 9%, while Garmin took third place with 7.6%.

Canalys also notes that the smartwatch market is beginning to eclipse the general wearable market. Shipments of basic wearables and fitness trackers started their decline in the fourth quarter of 2020. By Q2 2021, shipments plunged 23.8% to 15.5 million units.

On the flip side, smartwatches are starting to take some of that territory. Shipments of both basic watches and smartwatches reached 25.4 million in the second quarter of 2021, up 37.9% year-over-year. Smartwatches also now account for 62% of the global wrist wearable market.

This makes sense. Just like the smartphone has evolved from just a phone into much more, it's not surprising to see the same evolution with wrist-worn devices. This will be like the decline of "feature phones".

Wow, Xiaomi ships more wearables, how many were sold??

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