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Bloomberg: Apple Launching iPhone 12, Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Air, Smaller HomePod and AirPods Studio… – MacRumors

Apple has a number of products in the works that are set to debut this fall, and this evening, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu shared details on Apple’s launch plans, reiterating many of the rumors that we’ve previously heard about the upcoming product lineup.

There are four new iPhones in the works in 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7-inch sizes, with Apple planning to stagger the iPhone launches. The two lower-end 5.4 and 6.1-inch devices are expected to ship out ahead of the Pro devices, and the 2020 launch timeline is set to be the latest relase since the ‌iPhone‌ X came out in November 2017.

Bloomberg confirms design rumors that have indicated the 2020 iPhones will feature iPad Pro-style squared edges and a new dark blue color option for the Pro models, which will replace midnight green. Pro models will feature stainless steel edges while standard models will use aluminum, similar to the current ‌iPhone‌ lineup.

As for LiDAR, “at least” the largest of the Pro phones will get the same LiDAR Scanner that was built into the 2020 iPad Pro models. Apple employees have told Bloomberg that the 6.7-inch display of the largest ‌iPhone‌ is one of this year’s “most notable improvements,” and a few testers have found 5G disappointing with the current 5G networks “not improving connection speeds much.”

Apple is preparing to build 75 million 5G iPhones, which Bloomberg says suggests demand for the ‌iPhone‌ is “holding up” despite the ongoing public health crisis. Apple anticipates shipments of the iPhone 12 lineup could hit 80 million units in 2020.

As for other fall launch products, Apple is working on an ‌iPad‌ Air with an edge-to-edge ‌iPad‌ Pro-style display, and though not mentioned by Bloomberg, prior rumors have suggested it will either feature under-display Touch ID or a ‌Touch ID‌ power button and a 10.8-inch display.

Other products coming this fall include two new Apple Watch versions (Series 6 and a new replacement for the Series 3 that will serve as a low-cost option), over-ear headphones that prior rumors have suggested will be called the AirPods Studio, and a smaller, more affordable HomePod. Past rumors have indicated that the ‌Apple Watch‌ models will feature blood oxygen monitoring, but Bloomberg does not confirm or deny the rumor.

AirTags are in the works with no information on a launch timeline, and while Apple is developing a new Apple TV with a faster processor and upgraded remote control, Bloomberg believes it might not ship until 2021. The remote is expected to come with a new feature similar to Find My for locating the remote when it’s lost inside the house.

There are no specific launch details included in the report beyond the mention of the staggered ‌iPhone‌ release, so it’s still unclear when we can expect to start seeing new devices from Apple. Leaker Jon Prosser said that we can expect iPads and ‌Apple Watch‌ models to launch as soon as next week, while Japanese site Mac Otakara today said that Apple will unveil the iPhones, ‌AirTags‌, and new ‌Apple Watch‌ models at an October event. Both Prosser and Mac Otakara have mixed track records when it comes to rumors.

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Bloomberg outlines what to expect at WWDC, new Apple TV and HomePod coming ‘later this year’ – 9to5Mac

Ahead of WWDC 2020 officially kicking off on Monday, a new report from Bloomberg today offers a broader look at what to expect. The report explains that hardware such as a new Apple TV and HomePod will be saved for later this year, with WWDC focusing primarily on new software.

The report reiterates that Apple will announce a transition from Intel chips to ARM chips for the Mac lineup. Besides this chip transition, Bloomberg says this year’s macOS update will improve “porting iOS updates to the computers.” This likely means the continued process of bringing more features and applications from iOS and iPadOS to the Mac. For example, 9to5Mac has reported that Apple plans to bring the iPad version of the Messages app to the Mac this year.

Hardware upgrades for the Apple TV and HomePod will be saved for later this year, according to today’s report:

Apple plans minor upgrades for the Apple TV set-top box’s software with a new version of the hardware in the works for as soon as later this year, while the Apple Watch is expected to get new faces, a mode for kids and, most notably, a new sleep tracking app. And it is working on a new smaller HomePod for later this year.

The HomePod will also soon add support for third-party music services such as Spotify, today’s report says. This follows a similar claim from earlier this year. Apple has also “weighed opening iOS further to third-party apps,” such as changing the default email app and web browser, the report adds. It’s unclear if this will be announced WWDC 2020.

For iOS, the report reiterates that Apple has “revamped its software testing process” to help improve stability and reduce bugs this year. This follows last year’s buggy release of iOS 13.

The Bloomberg report concludes that these software updates “set the stage” for a variety of new hardware products coming this year:

The software updates will set the stage for a range of new hardware devices also launching this year, including a new Apple Watch, four redesigned iPhones, the new HomePod and Apple TV box, as well as updates to the iMac and MacBook Pro. The company also plans its first pair of over-ear headphones as well as an accessory for finding physical objects, which will integrate with the new software.

You can read our full roundup of what to expect at WWDC 2020 here.

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Cuomo, Bloomberg detail plan to trace Covid-19 contacts – POLITICO

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ALBANY — New York is preparing to deploy thousands of state workers and others to trace the movements of those who have come into close contact with individuals with Covid-19.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that the tracing effort, led by former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, will require anywhere from 6,400 to 17,000 tracers depending on projected cases, a baseline of about 30 for every 100,000 people in infected areas. The tracing effort will be a key part of the state’s reopening strategy.

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Some public health experts have cautioned that focusing too much on large-scale contact tracing could divert needed resources and attention away from other important efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Cuomo told reporters that the “army” of tracers will be needed.

“Yesterday we tested 4,681 people who were positive. … How do you do now communicate with 4,681 people, trace back all the people they’ve been in close contact with in the last 14 days and contact those people?” he said at a morning news conference. “That is an overwhelming scale to an operation that has never existed before.”

The governor noted that even with thousands of tracers, it will remain challenging to trace, contact and isolate all individuals who may have been exposed to the virus over the two-week period, particularly those who were in public settings.

“My instinct is, if you were in Target and you don’t know any names of who you came into contact with, I don’t know what you would do with that,” he said.

Bloomberg Philanthropies will work with Johns Hopkins University and the state Department of Health to immediately begin recruiting, interviewing and training tracers, who will be sent out across the tri-state region. Cuomo said the state will tap DOH employees and other government workers for the effort, in addition to hiring new tracers.

Bloomberg, who joined Cuomo via video conference for the announcement, said he’s working with a staffing organization, as well as with SUNY and CUNY, to recruit and identify contact tracers. Once hired, those individuals must complete and pass a training class developed by Johns Hopkins, which can be done remotely.

Bloomberg said a “comprehensive playbook” for the tracing strategy — which utilizes new smartphone reporting and data collecting applications — will be made available to all local, state and international leaders looking to track the spread of Covid-19.

“That way the work we do here in New York really can help fight the virus globally,” he said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who also spoke briefly at Cuomo’s news conference, noted that the city is hiring 1,000 contract tracers with health care backgrounds “to supercharge this effort.” De Blasio and Cuomo both announced plans to ramp up contact tracing for the coronavirus last week.

“The test and trace approach is going to change everything,” the mayor said via video conference.

But Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said he believes contact tracing “in this current setting, is going to be a fairly modest contributor [to reopenings] because it quickly can overwhelm.”

“It’s easy to overwhelm a relatively constrained group of people trying to do contract tracing,” he said in a call with reporters. “And because it’s so resource-intensive, it diverts public health efforts away from other activities.”

Anna Gronewold contributed to this report.

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