Apple's Product Release Roadmap for 2013? [Chart]
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record in predicting Apple's plans, has released his 2013 Apple product and shipments roadmap.
Kuo believes that Apple will release both an iPhone 5S and a revamped iPhone around June or July. The iPhone 5S will look similar to the current iPhone but feature an A7 chip, a fingerprint sensor, and a better camera with a f2.0 aperture and smart LED flash.
The revamped iPhone 5 is said to feature a plastic enclosure that is slightly thicker (8.2mm compared to 7.6mm), be available in six colors, and cost less.
A minor update to the Apple TV is expected late this quarter. No major television offerings are expected until 2014.
Kuo thinks that Retina Displays for the MacBook Air will be too challenging for release in 2013; however, the notebook will likely receive an update to the Intel Haswell platform late in Q2.
Kuo believes that Apple will drop its non-Retina lineup of MacBook Pro computers and lower the price point of the Retina Display models. He also believes that the design of the notebook will be tweaked.
Apple will reportedly drop the fourth generation iPod touch in favor of a new scaled-back fifth generation model with 8GB of storage and no back camera for $199.
iPad and iPad Mini:
Kuo says that Apple will update both iPad models in the third quarter with the iPad mini getting a Retina Display. The iPad is said to become slimmer, lighter, and feature thinner side bezels similar to the iPad mini.
Kuo believes that Apple will not be able to bring its Retina Display to the iMac lineup in 2013. He sees a shift to the Intel Haswell platform for both the iMac and Mac mini in Q4; however, he does not make any predictions for the Mac Pro.