This Analyst is Predicting 4 New iOS Devices in 2013
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts two new versions of the iPhone this year in addition to an upgraded iPad mini with Retina display and the fifth-generation full-size iPad. Kuo also expects Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to retire the non-Retina MacBook Pro line and lower the price of the high-definition display versions of its notebooks.
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According to the analyst, an iPhone 5S with some feature upgrades will be launched alongside a cheaper version of the Apple smartphone in the fiscal third quarter of the year. The iPhone 5S will have feature a built-in fingerprint sensor, an improved camera, and a more powerful processor. A less-expensive version of the iPhone, which has lit up the rumor wires lately, will have a plastic chassis in six different colors, Kuo says.
The fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, meanwhile, will feature a lighter frame and include the narrow bezels of the current iPad mini. The upgrade of the smaller tablet will be more substantial and include a new 2,048-by-1,536 pixel Retina display.
An all-Retina lineup will replace Apple’s current notebook offerings, Kuo writes in a research note seen by AppleInsider. The portables will get rid of their optical drive to save on costs, helping bring down the price and potentially spurring higher sales. The analyst expects the new MacBook Pro line in the fiscal third quarter. New iMacs are likely to follow in the fiscal fourth quarter.
However, contrary to most analysts, Kuo does not believe Apple will announce a full-fledged television set in the next 12 months, but adds that the company’s existing media streaming device will possibly morph into an HDTV product in 2014. Kuo does believe the device will be a source of growth in the coming years, though Apple will have to set up a reliable supply chain in an industry it has no experience in.
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