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The highly regarded Ming-Chi Kuo sent out a research note this weekend, offering up a number of predictions regarding Apple’s future product plans. The KGI Securities analyst believes we’ll see major changes to the iPad, iMac and MacBook lines next year.

Kuo, who accurately nailed down several details on the iPhone 5s and 5c months ahead of their releases, says that he believes in 2014, Apple will release a new iPad with a higher PPI (pixels per inch), an ultra-slim 12-inch MacBook, and a lower-cost iMac…

MacRumors has the note:

“Contrary to speculation that next year’s iPad next year may come in a 12” form, or larger, we think it will not change from the current 9.7” format as we think a 12” iPad would not provide a good mobility experience given today’s technology limitations.

In light [of] advancing Oxide and a-Si technologies, the PPI of iPad 6, which we expect to come out at end-2014, will exceed that of 2013’s iPad 5 by 30-40%, which will offer more competent visuals.”

We’ve seen a flurry of reports in recent months claiming that Apple is working on a larger 12-inch to 13-inch iPad, with some even pointing to a 2014 release. But Kuo obviously disagrees here, as he’s calling for pixel density to go up, instead of display size.

He also touches on the iPad mini line, stating that he agrees with the narrative that Apple will launch a Retina version of its 7.9-inch tablet later this month. And unlike its larger sibling, there won’t be an increase in its pixel density in next year’s iteration.

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As for the MacBook line, the analyst says we’ll see a new 12-inch version pop up next year, with an ultra-slim body and Retina display. The laptop will feature the portability of the current 11-inch model, with the productivity and performance of the 13-inch.

And finally, Kuo believes that in an effort to combat declining Mac sales, Apple will release a less expensive version of its iMac desktop computer, which was redesigned in late-2012 and just received a refresh. He didn’t offer up any pricing details though.

So is there any truth to any of this? It’s possible. As aforementioned, Kuo has a great track record in predicting Apple’s product plans. First up to bat is his claim that this year’s iPad mini will have a Retina display—we’re expecting an event on October 22.

  • Dillon Kirton

    Why are they selling old specs in a new case and calling it new all of a sudden?

    • xSeriouSx

      ‘Cause they can, and the same people that fell for the iPhone 5c would probably fall for this.

    • s0me

      It’s simple… that’s how Apple roll.

    • Kurt

      Don’t you go and, “Think Different” now…

    • At

      The iPad 5 will actually be a complete overhaul. New design and pretty much everything the iPhone 5s has, at least that’s the rumors going around.

      • Kurt

        “complete overhaul” let’s get real, this is apple. the devices have looked the same since 2007.

        Next year they will certainly look different. There is way too much space above the screen and below (for components obviously) but next year with the larger screen (iphone) the device will only get a little bigger but they will get rid of much of that space for the screen.

      • At

        Yes it will still look like an apple product. But with a new design better camera, fingerprint scanner, 64 bit processor, better battery, and a 2nd chip…. I’d say that’s a complete overhaul from the current model.

      • Kurt

        I agree if they just change the front. It’s such an old look. But this year has been a good year for the upgrades to the hardware. Looking forward to getting the iPad 5

      • At

        I thought I read somewhere it wasn’t the hardware but the apps that don’t support it yet were causing it, but that could be wrong.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Ipad mini design, with fingerprint sensor. Probably with same ppi this is apple we are talking about. Always 2-years behind the competition. All they have is an ecosystem. Lets get real they dont blow the competition spec-wise.

      • At

        Just because they don’t join the resolution race doesn’t make them 2 years behind. A lot of people don’t realize or just forgot about the fact that a 64 bit processor in a mobile device is a huge milestone and the huge benefits from adding a 2nd chip to take a portion of the work away from the CPU.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yeah now some users are experiencing the blue screen of death. And it affects the 5s only. Maybe the 64bit? M7? We never know. Lets hope the next software update fixes it or else apple will be in a lot trouble.

  • KLau

    So this higher ppi screen will be the one for the if-big-screen 4.93-inch iPhone next-next year, while the next year one will be 264 ppi

    • Kurt

      I prefer the rumor that says the iPhone will be 5.7″…I don’t exactly doubt it. Phablets are becoming very popular and my note is 5.7″ and I love the screen size. I think Apple will do a 1080p screen, just not sure what size they will pick. Hopefully 5.7″. It’s a big phone but it really is very enjoyable. I’d love to use the awesome apps in the appstore on it too. Hopefully they will stick with LCD.

      • KLau

        You are really extremely annoying with your fxxking note3 and 1080p, Plz just kiss your samsung’s ass, man.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Last time i check samsung supplies the display for your dimunitive iphone?

      • KLau

        So? Who-make-the-display has nothing to do with their damn phablets, so as the damn guy who keep saying he want an apple-version note 3.

        And from history your dimunitive samsung didn’t make any iphone-like phablets before iphone, did they?

        So kiss samsung-copy-cat’s ass, man

      • n0ahcruz3

        Whether you like it or not samsung and apple will be “frenemies”. And why bash someone who prefers a big screen phones?

      • KLau

        OK, so, like the guy above, you too didn’t read others comment. I am one of who talking about bigger screen phone. So am I bashing myself?

        I have no idea why some samsung fans always pop up saying samsung-the-best or samsung-most-popular when anyone give any comments containing the word “samsung”(no matter good or bad or not-about-smasung)

        I was saying that guy himself is annoying about he want an iNote 3. I am not even giving any comment on big screen or 1080p or samsung. Just HE is ANNOYING. You just have no idea how annoying he was.

        In case you love samsung as much as he do, just go kiss samsung’s ass together with him.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Without samsung iphone display will be sh!t, samsung has the best display right now and apple knows that. Does it ever occur to you that some of us just want an iPhone with a larger screen? Not taller

      • KLau

        The only thing I realized is that people here don’t read.

      • brooks whiffen seale

        1080p is too squary, I like the current ratio

      • n0ahcruz3

        Im with you!

      • Kurt

        Because, you are a good/honest man. Unlike the iTards on this site

  • xSeriouSx

    “Apple will release a new iPad with a higher PPI (pixels per inch)”

    Sounds too Samsungish to be Apple…they’ll probably release a larger screen if they’re gonna increase the PPI. Unless off course Apple intends to join the spec race game.

    • illK†Δ

      No. That sounds nothing like samsung. Apple is going to have a complete hardware change with the new iPad, 8mp camera, higher ppi, possibly finger scanner.

      What else could you ask for??

      • xSeriouSx

        Oh, I could ask for a lot more than just consumption spec bumps. Still have yet to offer features of the Surface RT (like built-in USB port, support for a wide range of USB peripherals, etc), not to talk about the Pro.

    • Kurt

      I agree, if they bump up the ppi, they will make the device larger. A larger device would not be considered portable for those who are buying it. I don’t think the 9.7″ iPad is mobile, it stays in my home at all times. So it’s too small for me, I want something larger since it stays at home. Especially since I used it for work.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Apple and high end spec dont go well together.

  • amilwani

    Low cost Mac .lol. I’m just remembering when people said iPhone 5c . C= cheap

    • Rowan09

      I’m not sure how old you are but Macs use to be a lot more expensive, the price drop is what allowed a lot of people to afford them.

    • illK†Δ

      I expect a $999 iMac with same specs as the cheapest 2011 iMac model

    • bigtalk

      yup

  • batongxue

    Then would make the resolution of the big iPad 2560×1920 at about 330 ppi (25% more) or 2880×2160 at about 370 ppi (40.625% more). WOW!
    The only drawback I see is fragmentation for app developers.
    Apart from fragmentation, I’m absolutely okay with higher resolution, considering Google and Amazon have already introduced actual tablets with 2560×1600 resolution.

  • Al

    IPad 5 isn’t out yet there’s already talks of a iPad 6…

    • bigtalk

      yup cause ipad 5 is boring..lolo

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