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Analyst predicts 11-inch iPad, larger Apple Watches, and big Mac updates for fall 2018

Respected technology analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today released a new research note focusing on Apples fall 2018 lineup (via 9to5Mac), notably including several new dimensional specifications and products. Whereas Kuos earlier 2018 predictions looked largely at new iPhones, todays note covers everything from iPads and Apple Watches to Macs and accessories. Kuo expects the following devices to debut in the fall: While Kuos reports havent proved infallible over the years, they tend to be either substantially or entirely accurate, making his predictions far more useful than those issued by any other analyst. Apple is expected to follow tradition this year by holding a special media event in September, where the updates above — as well as final versions of new operating systems — will become official. Its worth noting that nothing has circulated regarding new Apple TV hardware, though the Apple TV 4K is expected to receive a fairly minor software upgrade this year.

Report: The Mac mini is finally getting an update after nearly 4 years

The Mac mini is the cheapest Mac, but its also the one Apple seems to care the least about. Case in point: the last time it got an update was October 16 of 2014. There hasnt been so much as a spec bump in the four years since. Thats finally about to change according to Ming Chi Kuo, one of the most reliable sources for Apple rumors. He claims the mini is slated to receive an update this fall. Unfortunately, he doesnt providemuch in the way of specifics. A processor upgrade is expected, but the report doesnt say if the mini will receive a new chassis, ports, or any design update otherwise. The news not entirely surprising given how long its been – especially considering Apples renewed focus on desktops – but its encouraging nonetheless.  The Mac mini has long been the most accessible Mac – it starts at $499 – but its hardware is so ancient that buying one is a terrible deal unless you really need a desktop Mac on the cheap. But its not just the Mac mini. In fact, Kuo expects Apple to provide updates around all of its product categories this fall. and weve already written extensively about the rumored iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. One new tidbit on the laptops is that Kuo believes there will be a new, low cost MacBook in addition to spec bumps for the rest of them. The report also suggests Apple is working on two new Apple Watch models this year, with bigger displays and improved heart rate detection. Its not clear if the watches themselves will be bigger or if Apple is just shrinking the bezels, though Im hoping for the latter. Lastly, the report claims the iMac will get a spec bump too. Now if Apple would only release that modular Mac Pro…