KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo has come with a new research note this weekend, offering predictions on Apple’s new iPad plans for the next 2 years. According to Kuo, will 2014 be the year of the iPad Air.
Apple will update the iPad this year with an A8 processor, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and a few other improvements. We've to wait for a new iPad mini and the rumored bigger 12.9-inch iPad until 2015, according to him.
Kuo's research note:
''Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9” iPad. As such, more resources will be allocated to these two products, which will affect the progress of the development of new iPad mini. All told, we think chances of the debut of a new iPad mini in 2H14 are slim. In addition, the 12.9” iPad is unlikely to be offered in 2014. For these reasons, we predict the only new iPad product in 2H14 will be the upgraded iPad Air.''
Kuo is the first analyst that suggest that Apple won’t be updating the iPad mini this year. And that the 12.9-inch larger iPad won’t launch until 2015. It is expected that the larger 12.9-inch iPad will get the name "iPad Pro". Also, Apple plans to wind down the production of the iPad 2.
Why We Have To Wait Until 2015?Apple will be focusing on the iWatch, which will be launch this year. Apple also said that the iPhone and Apple TV will receive a big update.
Kuo said that the larger iPad could be a growth driver for Apple, It will increase sales, if the company take advantage of the larger display.
What do you think about this prediction?
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