KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released his latest Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) event predictions and his December quarter shipping estimates in a recent note to investors obtained by 9to5Mac. Like many analysts, Kuo believes that Apple will unveil the fifth-generation iPad, the second-generation iPad mini with Retina display, and a refreshed MacBook Pro at its media event on Tuesday.
However, the well-connected analyst included several new product details in his latest note, as well as the rationale behind his forecasts. For example, Kuo believes that the iPad 5 will feature an 8-megapixel camera with a larger aperture because Apple needed to keep its tablet competitive with Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) similarly-equipped 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX, which is reportedly shipping in November. He also predicted that the iPad 5 will include a 64-bit A7X processor.
Similarly, the iPad mini 2’s Retina display will keep Apple’s small tablet device on par with products such as Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) high-definition Nexus 7 II. The new iPad mini will also get a computing power boost from the same A7 chip that is found in the iPhone 5S. However, despite the rumors, Kuo doesn’t believe that either of Apple’s new iPads will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor or be available in a gold color-option.
Kuo pointed out that fingerprint sensor and gold casing production capacity has likely already been allocated to the iPhone 5S. Many analysts have attributed Apple’s initial shortage of iPhone 5S units to production constraints caused by yield issues with the new fingerprint sensor. However, other leaks have suggested that Apple’s iPads will be available in both “space-gray” and silver.
Kuo also predicted that Apple will unveil a new MacBook Pro that will be upgraded with Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) next-generation Haswell processor. The MacBook Pro camera may also be boosted from HD to full HD.
Finally, Kuo forecasted that Apple will ship around 10.56 million iPad 5 units, 2.26 million iPad mini 2 units, and 2.33 million upgraded MacBook Pros in the December quarter. Apple’s media event is scheduled to be held in San Francisco on Tuesday, October 22.
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