Analyst: Apple to launch Apple Television, Retina MacBook Air, new radio service and more in 2013
Apple will hold three major product launches in 2013, including the long-awaited Apple Television, a new Retina display iPad mini and MacBook Air, a new, thinner 10in iPad, a new iPhone, iOS 7, Mac OS X 10.9, a new radio service, and more, an analyst has predicted.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster told investors in a note on Tuesday that next year will see bigger changes in Apple’s product lineup.
He said that he expects Apple to launch a television ahead of Christmas in 2013, priced at around $1,500 and $2,000 (which could translate to around £1,000 to £1,300), and will have screen sizes between 42in and 55in.
“We expect the beauty of the design to be a feature, but the most important feature will be the ability to use the TV as the main interface for the living room across multiple devices,” Munster wrote. “We believe the TV will include Siri and FaceTime. The biggest item unlikely to come with the TV will be unbundled channels.”
In March 2013, Munster predicts Apple will hold a special event to launch a new radio service, alongside a new product most likely to be a Retina display iPad mini 2.
Apple only launched the first iPad mini this month, but Munster thinks the company might want to quickly update to a Retina display model to “address the only significant complaint about the iPad mini.”
We have already seen Apple break its annual update trend with the fourth-generation iPad, which launched just seven months after its predecessor.
Previous reports and speculation have indicated that Apple may have decided not to launch its own television set, but to launch an advanced Apple TV set-top-box instead. Munster thinks that such TV streaming device is still on the cards, but may launch in early 2013 ahead of the actual television set later on in the year.
Munster expects Apple to introduce its next iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, in September. He thinks the seventh-generation iPhone will be a “modest upgrade” from the iPhone 5, but with a faster processor, more RAM and a better camera.
Also in September, Munster expects to see the unveiling on a new full-size iPad with a slimmer design more like the design of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, and thinks that Apple will introduce a Retina display option for the MacBook Air at some point next year too.
And, if that’s not enough, Munster also believes we’ll see the launch of Mac OS X 10.9 and iOS 7, which could be previewed at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
iOS 7 is likely to see some design changes influenced by designer Jony Ive, who took over Apple’s Human Interface team during the executive shake-up last month, which saw Apple’s head of iOS Scott Forstall booted from the company.
“We expect iOS 7 core new features to include additional wallet features for Passbook, commerce integration for Siri (Groupon/LivingSocial as an example), and Maps improvements,” he wrote.
Just yesterday, we reported that Mac OS X 10.9 could be named ‘Lynx’ and is expected to include Siri and Maps integration.
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