Analyst Outlines Expected Apple Product Launches in 2013
Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray issued a note to investors today outlining his expectations for Apple product launches in 2013.
Notably, he expects an Apple Television by the 2013 holiday shopping season. The HDTV is said to cost between $1,500 and $2,000 with a screen size between 42 and 55 inches.
"We expect the beauty of the design to be a feature, but the most important feature will be the ability to use the TV as the main interface for the living room across multiple devices," Munster wrote. "We believe the TV will include Siri and FaceTime. The biggest item unlikely to come with the TV will be unbundled channels."
Munster expects Apple to hold an event around March of 2013 at which the company will unveil a new radio service to compete with Pandora, an updated Apple TV (perhaps with apps), and an updated iPad mini with a Retina Display to "address the only significant complaint about the iPad mini."
In June, Apple is said to preview is new version of OS X and iOS at WWDC. iOS 7 will begin to show the influence of Jonathan Ive who took over Apple's Human Interface team last month.
"We expect iOS 7 core new features to include additional wallet features for Passbook, commerce integration for Siri (Groupon/LivingSocial as an example), and Maps improvements," he said. "We expect MacBook Airs will get a Retina display option."
Around September Munster expects Apple to introduce a new iPhone which would be a "modest upgrade" with a faster processor, more memory, and a better camera. Around the same time he believes the company will released an updated iPad whose design is similar to the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.