Apple hasn’t even finished out all of its product announcements for 2013 yet, and already one analyst is making predictions for 2014.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has come out with a new note for investors that contains a lot of predictions for what he sees Apple doing in 2014. While upgrades are not to be unexpected, some of what he predicts sounds a bit wild. Case in point, if the Retina Display on the iPad just isn’t sharp enough for you, you may want to hold out for the iPad 6 in 2014 as Kuo is predicting that the display will clock in significantly higher. Kuo stated:
In light [of] advancing Oxide and a-Si technologies, the PPI of iPad 6, which we expect to come out at end-2014, will exceed that of 2013’s iPad 5 by 30-40%, which will offer more competent visuals.
He also went on to say that he does not believe the rumors that a 12-inch iPad will actually be coming out due to the limitations on portability.
While there is no denying that the current design of the iMacs are stylish, the price attached to them has been prohibitive for many people. Kuo states that the sales of the desktop computer have not lived up to expectations, especially in regions such as China where the company is currently attempting to make inroads in all fields. With this in mind, Kuo feels it is highly likely that Apple will introduce a budget version of the iMac. What exactly that will translate to price wise is not made clear, but he feels that it could have an impact of a rise in sales by 10 to 20 percent year-over-year should it comes to pass.
Rounding out his predictions, Kuo stated that he feels a 12-inch MacBook is coming at some point with a Retina display. This will be neither a MacBook Air or a MacBook pro, but will instead fit somewhere between the two product lines. This isn’t that wild of a prediction as the product line already existed at another time, but was phased out a while back as Apple decided to focus solely on the aluminum body laptops. With some time and distance from the plastic bodied versions, it wouldn’t be that difficult for Apple to bring the name back.
It should be noted that all of these predictions are phased as speculation. None of this is even based on anonymous sources or checks with suppliers. It is pure speculation through and through, but even at that a lot of it makes sense, and Kuo does have a pretty solid track record to back up what he says. If true, it looks like 2014 could be an interesting year over in Cupertino.