In a battery of three posts in a row [1, 2, 3], The MacRumors recently published information and forecasts by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities about Apple’s year-end plans.
Here’s what he thinks:
- We will have new iPod touch and nano in September, the touch with the same touchscreen technology in-cell planned for the sixth generation iPhone. Therefore, its initial availability may be limited, which would make the new nano stand out in sales.
- Right after the launch of this new iPhone with display in-cell, Kuo expects the so-called “iPad mini” to arrive in September-October – selling 1.8 million units in the third quarter and shooting to 13 million units in the fourth, even surpassing his older brother. Interestingly, he also thinks that Apple will make a small update on the third generation iPad, aiming to reduce costs and solve overheating problems – nothing very significant / visible to consumers.
- Until September-October, Kuo also looks forward to a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and updated iMacs with Intel’s «Ivy Bridge» processors. It is said that the launch of these delayed somewhat due to “screen lamination problems”, and it is still unknown whether this generation of new iMacs will arrive with Retina Displays – especially in view of the 27 inch model, which would have a absurd amount of pixels.
As you can see from the history, Kuo is not one of those analysts who tend to speak zucchini. Not all of his predictions are absolutely accurate, but they tend to come close.