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iPad Air with under-screen Touch ID and 12-inch ARM MacBook in the works, leaker says

Published Apr 20th, 2020 6:50AM EDT
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  • A leaker says Apple will launch a bunch of new products, unlike anything it ever made.
  • iPad Air with an under-screen Touch ID sensor and a 12-inc ARM MacBook are among the new products Apple is rumored to make this year.
  • The leaker offered accurate information about some of the products Apple launched in 2020, including the new iPad Pro series and the iPhone SE.
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Apple is working on a few devices unlike anything it had made before, an anonymous leaker said. The ARM MacBook that was featured in a variety of other reports, is one of them. That’s a MacBook using a custom version of Apple’s A-series chips that power the iPhone and iPad. Several people have long theorized that the increasingly more powerful A-series processors could be used inside Macs, and it looks like we’re nearly there. The leaker also said that Apple will launch a brand new iPad Air design, a tablet that will feature an under-screen Touch ID fingerprint sensor, that would be a first for Apple, as the company avoided this particular type of technology on its devices so far.

Early iPhone X rumors said the phone would have a fingerprint sensor under the screen, a technology Apple has been studying over the years. But as we got closer to the actual launch of the phone, it became clear that there won’t be any sort of Touch ID button inside the all-screen device. All the iPhones that followed, except for this year’s iPhone SE, featured the same design, complete with Face ID functionality.

The iPad Pro was next in line to lose the fingerprint sensor, as the tablet got a design makeover in 2018. The iPad Pro got an all-screen design, a slim profile, Face ID support, and USB-C connectivity.
Fast-forward to present day, and a Chinese leaker that goes by the name of @L0vetodream on Twitter has several details about Apple’s upcoming products. MacRumors says the leaker has a “fairly accurate track record,” and the plethora of tweets seem o suggest this person has access to Apple sources. Either that or someone is just making stuff up based on other leaks.

The leaker was the first to mention Apple’s so-called AirPods X headphones, the report notes, well before Jon Prosser did. In mid-March, @L0vetodream also posted additional details about several unannounced products.

This tweet apparently lists all of the Apple products that might hit stores this year:

He said the iPad Air will feature a mini-LED display and an all-screen design with no notch. To be fair, iPads with Face ID do not have notches, they have bigger bezels. The leaker said there’s no Face ID on the device, but that it’ll feature a Touch ID sensor under the screen.

In a more cryptic tweet, the person said Apple is developing their own controller as well:

In the days that followed, the leaker said that all four iPhone 12 phones can support 5G and that a navy blue color option is being considered for the handset.

Later, he or she said the iMac will be delayed:

On Sunday, the leaker said that Apple’s A14 chip that will power the iPhone 12 series will also be delayed.

There’s a lot of information to unpack here, and we’ll need time to see if any of this information checks out.

However, MacRumors points out that the leaker revealed a few key iPhone SE details before other leakers, including the launch window, storage capacities, and colors. The person also knew the 2020 iPad Pros would be unveiled in the third week of March, apparently.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.