Following Apple’s success in 2012 with the release of several new products, such as the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini, Apple are set to take the market by storm again in 2013 with the supposed new version releases of pretty much their whole fleet. With two new iPhones (one rumoured to be plastic and available in 5 colours and the other the new 5s) iPhone fans should be more than satisfied- and as I am an iPhone fan, I think this should more than put the new competitors phones in their place.
What do you think? do you think Apple will continue to dominate as they do now?
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a decent record in forecasting Apple’s roadmap, and now he is out with a new report that illustrates his predictions for Apple product launches in 2013.
Kuo said Apple would launch an iPhone 5S and a redesigned iPhone 5 that serves as the new budget smartphone in June or July 2013. The iPhone 5S will look like the iPhone 5, but it will allegedly feature a slew of upgrades like an A7 chip, fingerprint sensor, and an improved camera with an f2.0 aperture and smart LED flash. Apple agreed to acquire Authentec last year, but the purchase has yet to officially close, so implementation of the company’s technology for fingerprint sensors in the June/July iPhone would seem aggressively fast. In addition, Kuo said the much-rumored, cheaper iPhone would just be an iPhone 5 with an 8.2 mm plastic body— versus the current 7.6 mm—available in six colors.
As for the iPad and iPad mini, Kuo said Apple would update both in Q3 2013. The iPad mini will go Retina, while the full-size iPad will look more Mini-esque due to a slimmer and lighter body with thinner bezels. Apple will also update its Mac line, Kuo said. Apple will discontinue the non-Retina MacBook Pro line in 2013 and upgrade it to Retina with thinner designs and cheaper price points. The MacBook Air, however, will stay non-Retina because of production challenges in wanting to maintain its thinness, but it will possibly move to Intel’s Haswell platform in Q2 2013. Last, but not least, the iMac and Mac mini will also go to Haswell in Q4 2013 with no further updates.
Kuo further predicted Apple would discontinue the fourth-generation iPod touch and introduce an 8GB fifth-generation model without a rear-facing camera for $199. He then said Apple TV will receive a small update by late Q1 2013, but he did not specify what the update would package. Kuo also clarified that an Apple HDTV is unlikely to debut in 2013, though, due to content issues and other industry hang-ups.