2014 Apple Product Predictions

2014 Apple Product Predictions

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note outlining his expectations for upcoming Apple products, reports 9to5Mac. Kuo predicts a 12-inch Retina Display MacBook, a higher resolution sixth generation iPad, and a lower cost iMac.

12-Inch Retina Display MacBook With a New Design:
● Smaller MacBook with entirely new design
● Launching in either Q2 or Q3 of 2014
● 12-inch screen, but as portable as current 11-inch MacBook Air and productive as 13-inch MacBook Air
● Higher-resolution display (Retina)
● Will “redefine laptop computing” once again just like the current MacBook Air design
● Thinner/lighter than MacBook Air, new clamshell structure
● Will run on Intel chip, not Apple-based A8 processor
● Potentially lower-cost than current Apple notebooks

Lower Cost iMac:
● Apple could ship a cheaper iMac next-year
● Current iMac did not ship as many units as expected
● Lower-cost model could help combat Windows desktops
● Kuo expects this iMac model to boost iMac sales by 10-20%
● Ship in Q2 or Q3 2014

iPad (Sixth Generation):
● Same 9.7-inch screen size as current iPad and upcoming iPad 5
● Display would be higher-resolution with a PPI (pixels-per-inch) of 30-40% higher than the current Retina iPad
● While iPads with larger screens have been rumored, Kuo says that Apple will likely ship this higher-resolution model instead
● Third-generation iPad mini would retain the 2048×1536 Retina display of the upcoming iPad mini 2

Thanks Ming-Chi!