Period of launches, announcements, pre-sales, commercial analysis… yeah, the reason for our old friend, Ming-Chi Kuo, be working harder than Twitter robots in the presidential campaign.
Now, the analyst at TF International Securities has arrived with a wave of product forecasts and the news is especially good for anyone who was saddened by a possible death of the iPad mini or concerned about the future of AirPower.
According to Kuo, Apple’s smallest tablet will not die. The iPad mini will have a new version after years forgotten by Apple, and it will have an improved processor and a “low cost” screen, without many specifications about it. The analyst said that this new device “would not necessarily arrive at next week’s event” – that is, this possibility exists, but it is also possible that Apple will leave to introduce the new tablet at some point in early 2019.
In relation to iPads Pro, which – it seems – will in fact be updated next week, Kuo has not escaped the rumors already published. According to the analyst, the tablets will receive a new design with improved panels, USB-C input replacing the Lightning port and a new Apple Pencil. Kuo did not mention Face ID or the reduced borders, but it is very likely that these new features are on the cake, too.
About the wireless charger AirPower, who has had his premature death speculated several times, Kuo has thrown a light of hope on users: Apple may launch the accessory in the last quarter or early 2019, along with the new AirPods with support for the “Hey there, Siri” command and updated case, capable of receiving wireless recharge. Perhaps the prospect is worth a mention of the accessories at next week’s event? We will have to wait and see.
Finally, Kuo also made his predictions about the Macs, without many specific details. The analyst said that we can expect a new low-cost notebook model and updates for the MacBook, The iMac it’s the Mac mini – what exactly does that mean, however, we won’t know until the next 30th.