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The roadmap for a big chunk of the 2020 roadmap for Apple products has just been published by Apple. Included in the leak is a seeming confirmation of the four new phones that have been widely touted in the rumor mill. Sam Byford, who originally wrote this article for The Verge, points out that analysis by Ming-chi Kuo last year seems to have been proved right, with a redesign of the iPhone Pro’s bodywork to flatten the edges,  making it look strikingly like the iPad Pro’s little brother. One point of conflict is that Kuo posited a curved glass screen, whilst Bloomberg’s latest release says the glass will be flat.

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Also in the report is juicy news about two new iPhone Pro models; they’re going to have three cameras each on the back and will match up to the new iPad Pro in terms of the LIDAR 3D-scanning system. What’s not so clear is whether the new system is going to wind up in the iPhone 11 Pro’s lens array. Also still murky is whether the new boxy look is going to be applied to the two lower-tier iPhone 11 replacements and their dual camera setup. 

What’s more, the already rather big iPhone Pro is going to get a “slightly larger” screen as compared to the 6.5-inch one that currently comes on the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The notch where the Face ID sits is also set to be reduced. In past predictions, Kuo had anticipated that the Pro versions would get new screen size options of 5.4 and 6.7 inches. 

Contained in the report is a nod for consumers to expect a new HomePod that’s going to be cheaper and smaller, which was something Bloomberg had already reported on. The updated HomePod will be similar in design to the existing model but will be about half-size, due to be launched in the second quarter of the year. 

Other revelations packed into the report include new versions of the MacBook Pro and Apple TV, as well as an entry-level iPad but with scant details as to what features will be retained and sacrificed. Kuo, the prophet that is, reckoned that there was a 14-inch MacBook Pro on the cards that would include a scissor switch keyboard. 

Delays in production and shipping aren’t being built into projections by Apple, seemingly unworried by the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the world. Bloomberg does suggest that there might be a couple of weeks delay in the launch of some products, though. The report says that engineers are already headed to China to get finalizing details of the lineup that should be going into mass production after meetings which are to be held next month.

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