Taking a look back at another week of news and headlines from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes the new iPhone Pro design and specification leaks, the iPhone’s difficult future, an important NFC update for developers, thoughts on the upcoming MacBook Pro and Apple’s fragile keyboard problems, why the iPod Touch is still coming soon, and the secrets behind the Apple Card’s stylish look.

Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days (and you can read my weekly digest of Android news here on Forbes).

Is Apple Ready To Launch The iPhone Pro?

The iPad has the iPad Pro. The MacBook has the MacBook Pro. The iPhone has… Exactly. For many years the idea of a ‘Pro’ iPhone has been lurking. Will 2019 be the year that the portfolio proliferates to a more advanced iPhone with more features and presumably a price premium to match? Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:

Alongside the expected iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR updates, Mac Otakara says Apple is preparing additional 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch models with OLED displays, thinner chassis, similar triple array cameras but with larger sensors, reverse wireless charging and bundled 18W Lightning-to-USB-C fast chargers.

Mac Otakara previously stated the new XS, XS Max and XR updates will ship with slow chargers and identical chassis while the XR will retain its cheaper LCD display. All of which indicates the introduction of a new flagship iPhone tier above the XSes – potentially the long expected ‘iPhone Pro’ range.

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