Apple Watch, MacBook tipped for big redesigns in late 2021

Apple will introduce a redesigned Apple Watch and MacBook lineup in late 2021, according to one reliable analyst.

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities expects Apple’s next-generation wearable to bring “innovative health management functions.” He also told investors iPhone 12 is off to a strong start.

Many of us expected big redesigns for the Mac with the introduction of Apple Silicon. However, the new lineup of M1 Macs looks exactly the same as previous models. But new form factors are coming, Kuo says.

Apple’s next lineup of machines is expected to ship with fresh industrial designs. What’s more, those new Macs are just some of the major announcements Apple has planned for next year.

Apple Watch redesign incoming

Kuo also told investors in a note published on Wednesday that an Apple Watch redesign is planned for late 2021. It will bring “innovative health management functions and improved form factor design,” Kuo wrote.

It’s not yet clear what those health management functions will be, but earlier rumors have suggested future Apple Watch models could bring blood sugar monitoring that could revolutionize diabetes treatment.

Kuo doesn’t mention how Apple Watch’s design could change, either. However, it’s likely Apple will retain its shape for the sake of accessory and software compatibility, but make the device thinner.

Before a new Apple Watch arrives, Apple will start debuting its next-generation iPad lineup, Kuo said. It is predicted to come with mini-LED displays, as previously reported, as well as 5G connectivity.

iPhone 12 off to a great start

Kuo also told investors today that iPhone 12 is off to a great start. Demand for iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max is said to be better than expected, offsetting weaker orders of the iPhone 12 and 12 mini.

The new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon are also thought to be selling well so far. However, AirPods shipments are reportedly weaker than originally anticipated.

Kuo now forecasts that AirPods sales will see a decline of up to 10% year-over-year. The decline could be exacerbated by a delay to AirPods 3, which are now expected to arrive between April and June.

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Apple Reportedly Solves Widespread iCloud Music Library Sync Issues

Apple experienced ongoing server issues with its iCloud Music Library service over the last 72 hours, based on multiple user reports across the internet, leaving many Apple Music subscribers unable to access their music libraries. However, the problem appears to have been solved, at least for now.

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‌iCloud‌ Music Library allows PC, Mac and iOS users to store their personal music library online, by matching uploaded tracks to songs listed on the iTunes Store or uploading tracks directly if no match is available. The service is included as part of every ‌Apple Music‌ subscription, and is also available as a standalone service called iTunes Match.

However, reports of persistent ‌iCloud‌ Music Library syncing problems gathered pace over the last few days, with users taking to the MacRumors forums, the Apple Music subreddit, Twitter, and Apple’s support forum to voice their frustration.

The issue occurred whenever an ‌Apple Music‌ library sync was attempted within the Music app on macOS or in iTunes on Windows PCs. For those affected by the problem, syncing failed and users were met with the error “Genius results can’t be updated right now. The network connection was lost.”

The message appeared despite all other systems working fine on the local network, and left affected users unable to access their synced playlists and music on Mac, PC and iOS devices. Users reported that logging out and in again, reauthorizing their machine with ‌Apple Music‌, restarting, and even reinstalling macOS did nothing to rectify the situation.

Apple’s system status page didn’t indicate any problem with ‌iCloud‌ servers, ‌Apple Music‌, or the iTunes Match service when the problem was widespread, yet Apple support staff were said to be able to reproduce the issue. However, there are indications that Apple has got on top of the problem overnight, so it’s worth trying to sync your music library again if you were one of those affected.

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Redesigned Apple Watch and MacBooks coming next year, says Kuo

Kuo says sales of the new M1 MacBook have been better than expected.

What you need to know

  • Ming-Chi Kuo says a redesigned Apple Watch and MacBook are being released by Apple next year.
  • The news comes from Kuo’s latest research note, which states that demand for the new iPhone, iPad Air, and Apple Watch have been better than expected.

A new report from Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple plans to release a new Apple Watch and MacBooks next year, both with a new design.

In a note seen by iMore, Kuo made the revelation in his latest outlook on Apple’s supply chain fortunes. According to Kuo, Apple has enjoyed strong demand in 4Q20. Specifically stating that demand for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max has been better than expected. The same goes for Apple’s new iPad Air, and both the Apple Watch SE and Series 6. Kuo says that whilst iPhone 12 and 12 mini saw lower-than-expected demand, overall iPhone sales are beating expectations.

Kuo says Apple’s new M1 MacBook range is also performing better than expected, whilst AirPods shipments are down.

Looking ahead, the note states that Apple is expected to release a new Apple Watch in 2021 (no further release date info is given) that will feature “innovative health management functions” and a new design.

Similarly, Kuo says that new MacBook models featuring Apple silicon will be announced in the second half of next year, and these will also feature a new design.

Kuo has previously reported that Apple may release a new mini-LED based MacBook lineup in 2021, expected to feature Apple silicon. Apple announced the first Apple silicon-based MacBooks at its November ‘One More Thing’ event earlier this month.

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Kuo: iPhone 12 demand strong, new form factor Apple Watch and MacBooks in late 2021

In a report today, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared his view on Apple’s product momentum heading into the holidays. Most importantly to Apple’s bottom line, Kuo sees better than expected demand for iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, apparently offsetting slightly–weaker sell-through of 12 and 12 mini.

In terms of new products, Kuo indicates that form factor redesigns are coming to the Apple Watch and the MacBook lineup, in the second half of 2021.

As far as the iPad business is concerned, Kuo says demand for the new iPad Air has been strong. He teases that the iPad product lineup will continue to be compelling in 2021 with the addition of mini-LED displays and 5G cellular connectivity.

For the Apple Watch, customer response to Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE has reportedly been strong. Kuo says to expect ‘innovative health management functions and improved form factor design’ with new models of Apple Watch coming next year.

Reception to Apple’s first ARM Macs has also been better than expected according to Kuo. The analyst reiterates his previous predictions that Apple will introduce new Apple silicon Macs with all new form factor and industrial design, in the second half of 2021.

However, it is less positive news for AirPods. Kuo says AirPods shipments are lower than originally estimated, with Kuo now forecasting a 5-10% decline in year-over-year sales for the next six month period. Another contributing factor is that Kuo now expects the launch of ‘AirPods 3’ to be delayed from early 2021 to the April-June timeframe.

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Apple to Launch Redesigned MacBooks With Apple Silicon in 2H21 [Report]

Apple is planning to launch redesigned MacBooks with Apple Silicon in the second half of 2021, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said the notebooks would feature a new design. Although, he did not specify which models would get the refresh, Kuo previously predicted new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models would arrive next year.

The analyst noted that demand for the new iPad Air has been better than expected. iPad sales grow will likely be bolstered by new technologies next year including mini-LED backlighting and 5G support. A new low-priced iPad is expected in 2H21 as well.

Kuo expects third generation AirPods to launch around late Q2 2021. The design will purportedly be ‘similar to AirPods Pro’ but without noise cancellation.

Finally, Kuo says that the “new Apple Watch shipment’s momentum in 2021 will benefit from innovative health management functions and improved form factor design.” It’s unclear if the “improved form factor” refers to a new Apple Watch Series 7 or something about the Series 6.

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Get 25% off a lifetime Plex Pass with Plex’s new holiday sale

If you are a fan of Plex but have been either missing out on all the features as a free user or have been paying monthly, now might be the best time to make the jump to being a lifetime member.

Plex has just launched its holiday sale which takes 25% off its lifetime Plex Pass. The lifetime pass normally costs $119.99, but between Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27, the lifetime Plex Pass will cost only $89.99.

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Kuo: Apple’s major product lines enjoy healthy demand in Q4, but AirPods shipments muted

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a note to investors on Tuesday reported stronger than expected demand for the tech giant’s major device lines, including high-end iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models.

According to a recent survey, demand for Apple’s top-tier iPhone 12 models, the new iPad Air, Apple Watch Series 6 and SE, and M1 MacBook models is better than expected moving into the lucrative holiday season, Kuo said.

The analyst is tracking positive momentum for Apple’s important iPhone business despite lower than expected demand for iPhone 12 and 12 mini, with increased interest in the high-end iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max picking up the slack. Those trends should carry forward into the first half of 2021 and toward an anticipated refresh cycle next fall.

Apple’s iPad Air, which benefitted from a redesign and substantial hardware upgrades in September, is also seeing better than expected demand, Kuo said. The tablet line will continue to bear fruit in 2021 as Apple introduces new technologies like mini LED and 5G connectivity, while a base level model is rumored to anchor the range in the second half of year.

Customers are also clamoring for Apple Watch Series 6 and SE, according to the note. Next year’s model will build on an already solid platform with updated health management functions and an “improved” form factor.

Apple’s years-long effort to deliver in-house silicon to Mac is paying off, with Kuo seeing better than expected demand for M1 models like the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The analyst expects the tech giant to release new Apple silicon MacBook models in the second half of 2021, including an all-new 14-inch MacBook Pro and refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Despite the , AirPods are not performing. Kuo predicts shipments to remain flat for decline by between 5% to 10% year-on-year in the first half of 2021. The analyst blames upstream supply constraints and an over-eager market bet on more sales after Apple nixed gratis EarPods.

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Kuo: Redesigned MacBooks With Apple Silicon to Launch in Second Half of 2021

Apple M1 Hands-On Comparison: MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro vs. Mac Mini

Apple’s M1 Macs are out in the wild now, but ahead of the holidays, you might still be trying to figure out which one to pick up, either for yourself or as a gift for someone else. We’ve got all three of the new Macs available, so we thought we’d give MacRumors readers a hands-on overview of each machine in our latest YouTube video.
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Strategists: Stock market rise from COVID-19 lows has further to go

According to a Reuters poll of strategists, the stock market is poised to rise between now and the end of 2021 as the anticipated widespread release of COVID-19 vaccines drive an economic and corporate earnings recovery from the pandemic.


Caroline Valetkevitch for Reuters:

The benchmark S&P 500 will finish 2021 at 3,900, a 9% gain from its close Monday of 3,577.59, according to the median forecast of 40 strategists polled by Reuters over the last two weeks.

Recent evidence of high efficacy rates in experimental COVID-19 vaccines has driven an advance in equities this month, and strategists in the poll cited progress in the vaccine as the main factor behind their forecasts. “They assume a vaccine is widely available starting some time in the second half of 2021,” said Sameer Samana, senior global market strategist for Wells Fargo Investment Institute, which has a 2021 year-end forecast for the S&P 500 of 3,900.

With a big pickup in the economy expected to follow, Wall Street is likely “grossly underestimating” next year’s rebound in earnings, said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at The Leuthold Group in Minneapolis, who sees the S&P 500 ending next year at 4,100. “That’s one thing I think could be a huge driving force,” for stocks, he said.

Based on the poll, the Dow Jones industrial average, which was near 30,000 through Monday, will finish next year at 32,500, up around 10% from Monday’s close… The S&P 500 technology sector, which includes Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp., is up roughly 30% for the year so far and leading gains among sectors, followed by the consumer discretionary sector, which includes Amazon.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, we’re very hopeful that the various COVID vaccines will arrive on a widespread basis even more quickly than many thought possible earlier this year as the U.S.’s Operation Warp Speed accelerates the development and, importantly, the manufacture of millions of doses by funding steps to proceed simultaneously versus the usual, significantly slower sequential process.

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