Ming-Chi Kuo: New iPad Pros to go USB-C, Touch ID on new MacBook, all Apple Watch Series 4 models get EKG and ceramic backs

“Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research note today, obtained by MacRumors, that outlines several predictions about Apple’s upcoming products, including new iPhone, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and MacBook models,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.

“Kuo expects Apple to replace Lightning with a USB-C interface on 2018 iPad Pro models, with an 18W power adapter in the box. That sure sounds like the next iPad Pro will have a USB-C port, instead of a Lightning connector, but to play devil’s advocate, there’s a chance he is just referring to a USB-C charger,” Rossignol reports. “Kuo adds that 2018 iPhone models will retain the Lightning connector and remain bundled with a 5W power adapter, not the widely rumored 18W power adapter with a USB-C port, which could be for 2018 iPad Pro models after all.”

“Apple’s widely anticipated lower-priced MacBook may replace the current 12-inch MacBook. Again, the wording is somewhat ambiguous, so it’s unclear if Kuo means the 12-inch MacBook will be refreshed, or if it will be entirely replaced… Kuo expects the new lower-priced MacBook to support Touch ID fingerprint authentication, but without a full-out Touch Bar,” Rossignol reports. “As far as the Apple Watch Series 4 lineup is concerned, Kuo believes all models will feature ceramic rear casing, rather than aluminum or stainless steel, whereas just the high-end Edition model is ceramic in the Series 3 lineup. He also believes all Series 4 models will have electrocardiography (ECG or EKG) functionality.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Lots of ambiguity, but one thing is obvious to Apple Watch fans: Apple Watch Series 4 will be a must-have upgrade, even for Series 3 owners!


  1. Well if the usb c rumor is true then they better change their phones to the usb c too because I don’t feel like having to carry multiple chargers for my devices.

    I will feel very disappointed if that is true. That is something Microsoft would do.

    1. I doubt it. Right now, no one really understands the pain in the USB-C world because Apple’s sticking to lightning. If Apple were to go USB-C, there would be fried iPad Pro’s from cheap Amazon USB-C cables and chargers the day after they’re released.

      I think Apple uses lightning because they can control the quality of everything that ships with an MFi badge on it AND deny warranty replacement if someone uses an unsupported cable or charger.

  2. There will be no USBC on iPad this year. Everyone would think “hmm, better wait till next year for USBC iPhones”.

    I’m skeptical Apple would put USBC in their iDevices, but who knows.

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