Although it is less than one week after the much-hyped iPhone premiere, some Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) pundits are already offering their predictions on when the next big Apple event will take place. According to unnamed sources cited by France’s MacGeneration website via the Los Angeles Times, Apple will host a “new special event around October 15.”
Although MacGeneration has a mixed record of success when it comes to accurate forecasts about Apple products, this date is in line with predictions offered by more reliable sources. Renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo disclosed earlier this month that he expects the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini to be unveiled before the end of the year.
Various leaks have suggested that the iPad 5 will borrow several design elements from Apple’s iPad mini, such as a slimmer profile and narrower bezels. Kuo also predicted that the iPad mini 2 will be upgraded with a Retina display that will be powered by the A7 processor — the same chip found in the iPhone 5S.
Besides forecasting the next major Apple media event, MacGeneration also noted low iMac inventory levels at some brick-and-mortar resellers. A reduction in resellers’ product stock levels typically indicates a hardware production cutback from Apple, which in turn can be a sign that the company is preparing to launch a new iteration of a product.
Some industry watchers have predicted that Apple will unveil an upgraded iMac and MacBook Pro at the next media event. Both devices are expected to be equipped with Intel’s (NASDAQ:INTC) next-generation Haswell chips. There are also rumors that the Cupertino-based company will reveal a refreshed Apple TV product.
Although there are many rumors about current product refreshes, many investors are hoping that Apple will unveil a new “must have” product line that will ignite consumer excitement and boost the company’s ailing stock price. Apple’s stock has declined over 30 percent since topping $700 in September 2012. Here’s how Apple closed out trading today.
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