Apple promised us that it was going to have a busy year in 2014, but so far Cupertino has been quieter than a library during spring break. Still, there are plenty of rumors circulating that suggest the company is about to make a big splash in several areas, with two new iPhones, an iWatch, a brand new Apple TV and more coming this year.
Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Research recently published a report in which he details the times when he believes Apple will release its new products. The analyst thinks Apple will kick off the year sometime around the end of the first half with a low-cost iMac or an upgrade to the existing portfolio. He thinks Apple will follow that with iPad Air and iPad mini upgrades in Q3, in addition to the launch of the iWatch in two sizes and a brand new 4.7-inch iPhone. Then, at the start of the fourth quarter he thinks Apple will deploy its Apple TV upgrade and then launch a new “ultra slim” 12-inch MacBook and refresh its MacBook Pro with Retina display. Finally, to cap out the year with a big splash, Kuo believes Apple will announce the 5.5-inch iPhone.
One report suggested Apple was going to struggle to get enough components to launch it at the same time as the 4.7-inch model, which could be why Ming-Chi Kuo has it launching at the end of 2014. Also, the Apple TV has been rumored for a long time and it’s possible that product is still riding on the fate of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal. The iWatch is anyone’s guess at this point, but if it happens it makes sense for Apple to push it at the same time as the new iPhone and upgrades to the iPads, since that’s also when iOS 8 with Healthbook will roll out. Let’s see how accurate Kuo is as the year progresses.