iPhone 5 And iPad Mini Slated For September Release Says Analyst
Apple is planning to release a smaller version of its widely popular iPad shortly after the next-generation iPhone launches this fall, one industry watcher believes. KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo who had previously shed some light on the iPhone 5 specs, says that Apple’s next iPhone will launch in September followed closely by the release of the much-rumored iPad mini.
For all intents and purposes, it’s all rumors but Ming-Chi Kuo has a history of accurate predictions. He predicted that Apple would discontinue the 17-inch MacBook Pro and more recently that Apple would introduce a third MacBook line at WWDC. “IPhone 5 to debut in September,” Ming-Chi wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday. “But due to in-cell touch panel and casing yield rate limits, ability to offset older models’ shipments decrease will be moderate.”
Here are his official words on the subject;
Though shipments of iPad mini’s components will start in August, the new iPad line will end production, ready for transition to a modified New iPad line. As such, component shipments will drop in August as iPad mini’s components shipments growth will be offset. On a side note, the modified New iPad shares the same exterior as the original model, but contains modifications to correct its thermal dissipation problem and lower-cost components.
Considering we’ve already heard that the iPhone is in production, this prediction just might hold some water. According to earlier reports, the iPad mini will be as thin as an iPod touch and will feature a 7.85-inch display and a price ranging from $249 to $299. The redesigned sixth-generation iPhone is expected to feature a 4-inch display, 4G LTE, NFC, and a redesigned case that was recently examined on video.