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Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Predicts Mass Production of AirTags in Q3 2020

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Apple Tags or AirTags work with the iPhone and help users to locate their everyday items like keys or watch, with its Find My app.

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It seems like Apple is finally set to release its ultra-wideband trackers. According to a note published by TF International Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company will be launching the new product, tentatively called AirTags or Apple Tags, by the end of this year, possibly in the third quarter. It is also likely that the company might reveal its product during Apple’s September iPhone event. Kuo predicts that Apple will ship ‘tens of millions’ of AirTags this year, which will work with the latest iPhone models to allow users to track and locate their everyday essentials. In addition, Apple may also introduce an augmented reality (AR) interface to help users in locating their lost items.

For the uninitiated, Apple Tags or AirTags will work with the iPhone and help users to locate their everyday items like keys or watch, with its Find My app. It will work similarly to Tile Tracker, where the tag will be linked to an iCloud account through an iPhone. It could be attached to any item, such as keys, bags, watches, TV remotes and so on. Using the Offline Finding capabilities, the app will notify the true owner of the tag’s location whenever the object is found.

Earlier, a number of media outlets have spoken about the much-speculated AirTags, leaking several images. While the rumours about the same began back in 2019, Apple hasn’t given any confirmation on working on such technology.

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Apple iPhone 9 Plus to Feature Touch ID Embedded Power Button

The Apple iPhone 9 Plus is expected to be a lower-cost model and is likely to feature an LCD screen.

Apple iPhone 9 Plus to Feature Touch ID  Embedded Power Button
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If rumours are to be believed, Apple is expected to release an iPhone in the first half of 2021 that will replace the Face ID with Touch ID. The Touch ID power button, basically a fingerprint scanner on the power button, will be placed on the side of the device. A report based on a research note with TF International Securities has revealed that the screen of the 2021 iPhone, which is likely to be iPhone 9 Plus or the iPhone SE2 Plus, will most likely be an LCD. It further revealed that the iPhone 9 Plus is expected to be a lower-cost model.

The report mentioned TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, saying that the fingerprint solution or the Touch ID will be capacitive and would feature a “new design” for users to have a better experience. Kuo last month claimed that iPhone 9 Plus will have a display of either 5.5-inch or 6.1-inch, hinting that the size will range between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 11. According to a report, the iPhone 9 Plus is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2021.

Apple is expected to introduce a host of products in the coming months and a number of new iPhones are expected to be announced in the second half of this year. These include a new affordable iPhone, a new wireless charging mat, a pair of high-end headphones and updates for the iPad Pro and MacBooks.