HomePod Mini, 6th-Gen Apple TV Could Track U1 Chip-Powered Devices, Leaker Says

KEY POINTS

  • Apple is working on a smaller version of the HomePod and a new Apple TV
  • Both devices will make use of Apple’s UWB technology, a report says
  • The tech allows both devices to act as base stations monitoring all U1 devices in a user’s home

Apple’s upcoming small home speaker, the HomePod Mini, and the sixth-generation Apple TV will feature advanced technologies that allow them to do certain things like keep track of other iDevices, a leaker claims.

Noted tipster Jon Prosser, creator of Frontpage Tech and leaker who claims to be the “world’s most controversial Apple reporter,” suggested that Apple is equipping its upcoming HomePod Mini and Apple TV with technologies allowing them to do “next level stuff.”

Per the leaker, who has a noteworthy 74.5% accuracy when it comes to Apple leaks and rumors according to AppleTrack, the new smart home speaker

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Leaker: iPhone 12 Lineup to Feature Faster Face ID, Improved Zoom, and Longer Battery Life

Leaker Max Weinbach has today shared new “finalized and revised” information about the upcoming iPhone 12 via his Twitter account @PineLeaks.

Weinbach states that the “most important things” about the new iPhones were already revealed by Chinese Weibo user “Kang” via an extensive leak on Friday, but he does offer some specific new information.

Apple is reportedly still intending to ship the “dynamic zoning algorithm” feature, which could allow for faster Face ID. The notch may only be reduced in width on the 5.4-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ mini due to its smaller size. This would be achieved by arranging the components of the TrueDepth camera system more “tightly,” but at the cost of increasing its height. Alleged images of the ‌iPhone 12‌ mini’s screen emerged in July, which seemed to show a smaller notch.

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‘iPhone 12 mini’ & ‘iPhone 12 Pro Max ship mid-November, says leaker

A new leak claims that Apple’s new “HomePod mini” will be $99 and half the height of the original, plus details a release schedule for the whole of the “iPhone 12” range.

A leak originally posted on Chinese site Weibo but then relayed by previously accurate tweeter Ice Universe, claims to have full details of the rumored smaller HomePod, plus confirmation of the “iPhone 12” range Apple is expected to announce on October 13.

A translation of the original Weibo posting says, “HomePod Mini, priced at $99, 3.3-inch speaker, S5 processor.

Most places are scheduled for November 6/7, and will be released on 16/17. Please wait for the domestic release.”

The reference to a domestic release implies that these dates are for America, not China where the leak was posted.

At 3.3-inches, the HomePod mini would be just under half the height of the original HomePod. And at $99,

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Leaker: HomePod ‘Mini’ Close to Launch, But No Second-Generation HomePod This Year

Apple is expected to unveil a smaller, lower-priced HomePod at its digital-only event next week, which has led to speculation about the possibility of a second-generation ‌HomePod‌ also arriving. This morning, however, serial Apple leaker l0vetodream poured cold water on that idea, claiming there will be no “HomePod2” launching beside the rumored “mini” model this year.


Earlier this year, Apple began allowing employees to purchase up to 10 HomePods at a 50 percent discount, up from the previous limit of two. Some observers had suggested that the larger purchase limit could be part of Apple’s efforts to clear out inventory of the current ‌HomePod‌ ahead of a new model.

Apple may continue to sell the current ‌HomePod‌ alongside the smaller, more affordable version, but it may cut future supply orders for the premium model, which reportedly hasn’t sold very well. Apple has never disclosed ‌HomePod‌ sales, instead grouping the

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‘AirPods Studio’ launch potentially pushed to November, leaker says

Apple’s manufacturing partners will reportedly have an initial batch of “AirPods Studio” headphones ready by the end of October, according to new information from leaker Jon Prosser.

The avid leaker, who has a hit-or-miss track record in predicting future Apple product launches, sites an anonymous source as saying mass production of the rumored high-end headphones will “complete” by Oct. 20.

“AirPods Studio mass production isn’t complete until October 20th,” Prosser said in a tweet, quoting a person supposedly familiar with Apple’s plans. “I suppose they could still announce them at the October 13th event and ship them at the end of this month or beginning of next.”

It is unclear what manufacturing timeline the source is referencing, as mass production of Apple products — and consumer products in general — is never truly finished until a device is no longer for sale. While not specified, it can be

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Leaker: ‘iPhone 12 mini’ and iPhone 12 Storage Capacities Start at 64GB, Pro Models at 128GB

Rumors suggest Apple’s iPhone 12 launch event will be held on October 13, with the more affordable 5.4 and 6.1-inch devices set to ship out ahead of the more expensive 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro devices, and this morning hit-and-miss leaker Jon Prosser has further committed to that date by providing alleged details on Apple’s first shipment of finalized ‌iPhone 12‌ units.


Prosser claims the initial shipment of ‌iPhone 12‌ units will go out to distributors on October 5 in advance of the launch event, and this will include the 5.4-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ “mini” – which he says is “definitely the final marketing name” – and the lower end 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ model. Prosser asserts that the two higher-end Pro models will be announced at the same event but will ship later in November.

Prosser also claims that the more affordable models will come in 64, 128, and 256GB storage capacities,

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Apple leaker confirms Oct. 13 ‘iPhone 12’ event, Pro models arriving later

The “iPhone 12” will be announced at an Apple Event on October 13 according to prolific leaker Jon Prosser, aligning with earlier rumors.

Apple is expected to announce the “iPhone 12” lineup at an event sometime in October, and all speculation points to October 13. Jon Prosser has added that his sources line up with the leaked date provided to AppleInsider.

Prosser details again that the event will take place on October 13 with pre-orders opening on October 16, just as the AppleInsider source had said. He also included that the “iPhone 12 mini” and “iPhone 12 Max” would arrive in stores on October 23.

A follow up tweet noted that the “iPhone 12 Pro” and “iPhone 12 Pro Max” would likely be shown at the event, but not launch until sometime in November.

The pro models are likely delayed due to more complex part orders and the

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