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.
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.
To 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.