Analyst: Here Are Apple’s MacBook and iPad Plans for 2014

macbookKGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasted several new Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) products to be launched next year in a recent note to investors obtained by Apple Insider. According to the Taiwan-based analyst, Apple will unveil a new 12-inch version of its MacBook laptop as well as a 9.7-inch iPad with an even higher resolution than the current Retina display model in 2014.

Kuo predicted that the new MacBook model will combine the size advantage of the current 11-inch MacBook Air with the higher workload capability of the 13-inch MacBook Air, reports Apple Insider. This future MacBook model will feature an “ultra-slim clamshell form factor” and will “redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air,” wrote the analyst.

Although some industry rumors have suggested that Apple will expand the use of its mobile device chips to its laptops, Kuo believes the upcoming MacBook Air will still be powered by an Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) processor. Apple recently upgraded its MacBook Air models with Intel’s next-generation Haswell processors, which use significantly less battery power.

Besides the fifth-generation iPad that Kuo previously predicted Apple would release sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, the analyst also expects that the Cupertino-based company will release a sixth-generation iPad in 2014. According to Kuo, the iPad 6 will feature an even higher-resolution display with up to 40 percent more pixels than what is found in the current model, reports Apple Insider.

The well-connected analyst also dismissed recent reports from Korea’s ETNews and the Wall Street Journal that suggested Apple is developing a larger version of the iPad with a 12.9-inch screen. Although Apple’s usual secrecy makes it impossible to verify Kuo’s claims, the analyst has an established reputation for making accurate Apple predictions.

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