KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Discusses Apple’s Product Pipeline for 2014


The very reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published (via 9to5mac)his expectations of the products in Apple’s pipeline in 2014.

According to the report, here are Kuo’s predictions:

12-inch MacBook with new design + Retina Display:

  • 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

Sixth-generation full-sized iPad:

  • Would carry 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
  • Third-generation iPad mini would retain the 2048×1536 Retina display of the upcoming iPad mini 2

Interestingly, Kuo is not expecting an iPad with a larger display as suggested by DisplaySearch recently.

Here’s DisplaySearch predictions in case you missed it:

Current Product Display New Product Display Timing
iPhone 5 4” 1136×640 iPhone 6 4.7” 1280×720; 5.7” 1920×1080 Q2’14
iPad 9.7” 2048×1536 iPad 5 9.7” 2048×1536; portrait mode, slim bezel Q4’13
New iPad 12.9” 2732×2048 2014
iPad mini 7.9” XGA iPad mini 2 7.9” 2048×1536; portrait mode Q4’13
MacBook Air 13.3” 1440×900 MacBook Air (new) 12” 2304×1440; low power 2014
Apple TV 55”, 65” 4Kx2K 120Hz LCD Q3’14
iWatch 1.3”/1.63” 320×320 flexible AMOLED Q4’14


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