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Jan 16, 2013

Apple to release new iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros in 2013?

by Freddie Harrison

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has announced his predictions for Apple in 2013 – expect an all-Retina MacBook Pro lineup, new iPhones, new iPads and much more

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Apple’s product lines in 2013 will include an iPhone 5S, a Retina iPad mini, iPad 5 and an all-Retina MacBook Pro lineup. The information comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a pretty good track record when it comes to predicting what’s in store from Cupertino.

Kuo believes that we’ll be seeing a refreshed iPhone 5 and a new iPhone 5s launched around June or July. The iPhone 5S is said to have an upgraded, A7 chip, camera improvements and even a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone 5 will then become cheaper, possibly sporting a plastic chassis with different colour options.

As far as other iOS devices go, Kuo expects that the iPad mini will be refreshed to include a Retina display and the iPad 5 will feature a slimmer and lighter design that’s far more akin to that of the iPad mini.

According to Kuo, Apple will drop the non-Retina MacBook Pro, leaving an all-Retina line-up at a lower price point than the current generation Retina models. There’s little change expected for the MacBook Air, with the prediction that they’ll keep their non-Retina displays and receive a speed bump from Intel’s Haswell platform. A similar speed bump is expected for the iMac.

Kuo also suggests that this quarter could see a minor update to the existing Apple TV, with no word on the much-rumoured television set which Kuo doesn’t expect to see until 2014. Finally, the iPod touch will receive a minor update with the previous, fourth-generation model dropped in favour of a cheaper, 8GB fifth-generation one.

There’s a lot of predictions here, but given Kuo’s track record, we wouldn’t surprised if the overall direction he’s predicting Apple to take is right, even if the exact details turn out to be a little off.

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