Report: Apple to release 8 products by end of 2012

By , Aug 31, 2012

Sometimes delays are good. Apple is expected to release eight new products during September and October, delayed from an earlier introduction due to production problems, an analyst wrote Friday. Although most consumers know Apple will unleash the iPhone 5 in September, followed by a 7-inch iPad in October, the Cupertino, Calif. firm reportedly may also unveil a new iPod, MacBook Pro and iMac.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said along with the iPhone 5, September will see a redesigned 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with an entry price between $1,100 and $1,300. Next month will also see a new iPod touch…

October will find the 7.85-inch iPad mini, as well as a “modified new iPad” and a new 27-inch iMac.

New technology used in the upcoming products caused the devices to be delayed from their expected second quarter or early third quarter release timetables, the analyst told investors. Each product includes technology that created problems for suppliers.

We’ve reported on problems Sharp is facing producing the 4-inch iPhone 5 display which embeds touch-sensors, rather than adding a touch-sensor layer. The so-called iPad “mini” has seen production slow due to the unit’s “very thin panel module.”

The tablet Kuo describes only as the “new iPad” will include a new 9-pin dock connector, a feature shared with the upcoming iPhone, iPad mini and new iPod touch.

Both the iPod touch and iPod nano will be redesigned with the nano featuring the ability to wirelessly download material from the iTunes Store and iCloud, the analyst claims. The need to fit a Wi-Fi chip in the tiny nano is what delayed the device until mid-October, Kuo said.

Both laptop and desktop users can anticipate new products during the all-important year-end period, as well. The 13-inch MacBook Pro will be redesigned, featuring the fantastic Retina display, as well as a starter price of $1,100. The new pricing makes Kuo question whether Apple can churn out enough to keep up with the demand.

The venerable iMac desktop unit will also get a facelift. Although it won’t get the Retina display, the device will get new lamination expected to improve the display. The analyst caution that the 27-inch makeover may be announced after the 21.5-inch version.

Apple’s product windfall should also counter speculation Amazon may unveil a family of new Kindles at next week’s event. The online retailer Thursday announced it had sold out of its Kindle Fire tablet. Apple’s upcoming 7-inch iPad is widely viewed as a way to counter the threat from smaller devices, including Microsoft’s Surface.

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  • notewar

    And by the end of 2012 ill be broke with all of these products lying around the apartment ^^

  • Kok Hean

    Wasn’t a MacBook Pro already released? You know, that thin one with the beefed up resolution and released together with ML?

    • http://twitter.com/ExWoW MiKey

      The Retina MacBook pro is only available as 15″. The 13″ Version is still missing

  • Jordan Dixon

    Only the 15 inch MacBook Pro got retina update. The 13 inch didn’t. Can’t wait to get one!

  • http://twitter.com/Woscoe_ Keith

    1. iPhone 6th Gen
    2. iPad Mini
    3. Macbook Pro 13 Retina
    4. iPod Touch 5th Gen (i think)
    5. iPod Nano 7th Gen
    6. Mac Pro?
    7. iMac Retina
    8. Something Shiny

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

      I like!

  • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

    Ed Sutherland? Nice. New writer. Hopefully that other biased article writer(whatever his name was) isn’t part of iDB anymore.

    • http://twitter.com/ZyGangster BobEwell

      You mean Christian Zibreg?

      • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

        yeah

    • No more Obama

      unfortunately sebastien and his steve jobs shrine are still here

  • notewar

    Im just wondering – is retina display really just a gimmick or is it that huge difference comparing to a non-retina display macbook.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Childs/1067107105 Matthew Childs

      the rMBP is a significant upgrade. text really pops on it. pics and video are clearer. i really like it compared to my old MBP. also the new chip and ssd make everything FLY. i love this rMBP.

  • tharussian4

    1. iPhone 5 16gb Gsm
    2. iPhone 5 16gb CDMA
    3. iPhone 5 32GB gsm
    4. iPhone 5 32gb CDMA
    5. iPhone 5 64gb gsm
    6. iPhone 5 64gv CDMA
    7. iPhone 4s 8gb gsm
    8. iPhone 4s 8gb CDMA

    There, 8 new devices :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/nabeel.ahmed.3511041 Nabeel Ahmed

      LOL

    • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

      Too bad, iPhone 4S don’t even have a 8GB
      Unless they make new devices :P

    • Donovan Davis

      They actually use a combo chipset that allows for CDMA & GSM in one device aka a world phone so that only 4 devices 64-16GB FLAVORS of new iphone along with an 8 GB IPHONE 4s

  • http://twitter.com/Pitchy Pitchy

    iLawyer and iSue 2013?

  • http://twitter.com/GameCenterGames Game Center Games

    I say bring it all on. :]

  • YujinNY

    I want a MacBook air with a retina display and a8gb of memory and maybe a 500 gb flash drive