Rumor Roundup: Lightweight iPad, 1.5-Inch iWatch and New MacBooks

Apple Products

The rumor mill has ramped up quickly to start the week, with three new reports on the table relating to Apple products. The first comes from hit-and-miss Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, which claims that fifth-generation iPad production will begin in July as monthly shipments reach 2 – 3 million by September.

The tablet will reportedly have the same 2,048 x 1536 pixels Retina display, although the display glass will be thinner at 0.2mm versus 0.25mm for the fourth-generation iPad. The next-generation iPad will have a narrow bezel, akin to the smaller iPad mini. But that’s not all.

New MacBooks

MacBook Air

A second report from DigiTimes reaffirms that Apple will be refreshing its MacBooks at the Worldwide Developers Conference next month. The notebooks will receive a specification bump, gaining Intel’s new Haswell processors, and no other major upgrades.

It has been speculated on multiple occasions that new Macs are in store for WWDC, alongside a preview of OS X 10.9 and other potential hardware announcements. The supply chain is expected to receive a 20 percent bump in MacBook orders from Apple to meet demand. WWDC 2013 is June 10 – 14 in San Francisco.

1.5-inch iWatch

iWatchTo round off the trilogy of rumors, the often credible Japanese blog Macotakara¬†relays two separate reports about a so-called “iWatch” with a 1.5.-inch OLED display. The smart watch, which was initially going to have a 1.8-inch screen, is currently undergoing testing. Foxconn is said to be manufacturing 1,000 prototypes of the device for Apple.

Sources: DigiTimes (2), Macotakara

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