Apple to Bring Retina Display to Entire iPad, MacBook Pro Line in 2013, Predicts Analyst
A leading market analyst released his predictions for Apple’s product line in 2013, and these predictions include several new iOS and Mac OS X-based sequels for the new year, plus two lines that will fully adopt Apple’s proprietary Retina Display technology.
KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo has had a very good track record so far in predicting Apple’s next-generation products, and if this year’s predictions ring true, there will be two iPhone variants launched in 2013.
The first will be the high-end iPhone 5S, Apple’s seventh-generation handset, and the second will be a more affordable version of the iPhone 5 as has been rumored over the past two weeks. Other than that, the iPad and MacBook Pro lines will go Retina Display all the way; the second-generation iPad mini and fifth-generation iPad will both feature HD Retina Display, while the non-Retina MacBook Pro line will most likely be retired. The Retina MacBook Pros, however, will be sold at a lower price point, according to Kuo.
However, none of the products mentioned above will be launched in the first quarter of 2013; rather, Kuo believes “many” of these new “iDevices” will be released in the second half of 2013.
Talking about the new iPhones for 2013, Kuo believes that the iPhone 5S will launch in June or July, with more or less the same design, plus new features such as a fingerprint sensor and A7 processor and an improved main camera.
The low-priced iPhone 5, said Kuo, would come in six different colors and feature a thicker chassis made of plastic; the plastic chassis is expected to be the main factor in achieving a lower price point for the inexpensive iPhone variant.