In this week’s top stories: Rumors suggest a cheaper HomePod and MacBook Air, new iPads at WWDC, and a notch-free iPhone in 2019. Furthermore, new healthcare perks for Apple Watch wearers, iPhone 6s battery testing, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories…

This week was dominated by rumors of future Apple product releases. KGI led the way by suggesting that Apple will release a more affordable MacBook Air during the second quarter of this year. While details are sparse, the MacBook Air remains a popular choice among college students and other budget-focused users.

Elsewhere, a Korean report claimed that Apple will release a notch-free iPhone in 2019. The piece explained that Apple is planning a “full-screen that is more complete in its new iPhones “and is in “discussions with relevant companies” about the idea.

As for the iPad, Barron’s reported this week, citing a Rosenblatt Securities analyst, that Apple will introduce new iPad Pros at WWDC with Face ID. The devices are also expected to ditch the Home button in favor of smaller bezels, while an updated Apple Pencil is also possible.

Also this week, a survey offered up suggestions as to some fo the top reasons why iPhone users did not upgrade to the iPhone 8 or iPhone X this year, with price and screen size leading the way.

UnitedHealthcare announced a new initiative this week that uses Apple Watch as an incentive to keep customers heathy:

UnitedHealthcare is the latest insurance firm to look to Apple Watch as an incentive to keep its customers healthy. The provider will not only offer the option to earn an Apple Watch for essentially free, but it will allow users to earn up to $1,000 toward medical bills after the cost of the wearable.

These and the rest of this week’s top stories below…

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