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Apple is preparing to release a bevy of new products this year, according to a new research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo. The highly regarded analyst has laid out a timeline of all the products Apple is rumored to launch in 2014, beginning in Q2 and going all the way through December.

Kuo sees Apple starting with an iMac refresh in late Q2, followed by upgrades to the iPad Air and iPad mini. He then sees the company introducing a new 4.7-inch iPhone and the oft-rumored iWatch in Q3, and closing out the year with a refreshed Apple TV, 5.5-inch iPhone and a 12″ MacBook…

Here’s a graphic from Kuo’s report that shows Apple’s 2014 product roadmap (via AppleInsider):

new kuo apple roadmap

And here is an overview of all of Kuo’s predictions for this year, broken down by product:


The iWatch will come in two sizes: 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch, both with flexible, sapphire-covered AMOLED displays. The accessory will be “fashionable” in appearance and feature biometric recognition, an NFC chip, wireless charging, a 200-250 mAh battery, and a slim and light design. It’ll be made of various materials, and be offered at multiple price points, with the most expensive version costing “thousands of dollars.”

iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 will also come in two sizes: 4.7 and 5.5-inches, with resolutions of 1334×750 and 1920 x 1080—coming in at 326ppi and 401 ppi respectively. Both models will feature an A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, NFC integration, optical image stabilization, and of course Touch ID. And as for appearance, both handsets will have up to 20% narrower bezels than and measure between 6.5-7mm thick.

New iPads

Both the second generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display are expected to come with an A8 chip and Touch ID. Kuo believes that the new Air could also see a bump in iSight camera quality thanks to a new 8MP sensor, and launch earlier than October. He adds that Apple is indeed working on a 12.9-inch tablet, but it will likely be next year before we see it.

New Macs

An iMac refresh with a new processor could be Apple’s first product launch of the year, possibly debuting at WWDC. Kuo also sees the company introducing a new lower-priced model, which would help boost slipping iMac shipments. Additionally, a new MacBook model could be on the horizon: a 12-inch MacBook Air with a higher resolution display.

New Apple TV

Kuo sees Apple releasing a new set top box with an App Store and motion control technology later this year. The ‘iTV’—Apple’s long-rumored, full-fledged television set—however, is still a ways off.

Keep in mind that each of these are just brief summaries of predictions from an analyst, but the fact that the analyst is Ming-Chi Kuo adds significant weight. Kuo has in the past provided accurate information about Apple’s unannounced product plans, and is considered a reliable source of intel.

Anyway, if even half of this forecast pans out, it’s going to be a big year for Apple.

  • smtp25

    Sort of stopped reading here “iWatch …expensive version costing “thousands of dollars.” sounds Bullsht to me

    • ModernSpartan

      *iBullshit lol

    • SimonReidy

      I loved this bit: “It’ll be made of various materials”

      So informative! /s

      • so is a toilet! lol

    • Virus

      Could be an iRolex

  • ♋JULY 17♋

    Wow alot of improvement this year lets see how this goes

  • Andy

    A resolution of 1334×750? Where the heck do you get these numbers from?

    • SimonReidy

      Doing the maths that’s the resolution a 4.7″ phone would have to be if Apple kept the display at exactly 326ppi. However I don’t believe that’s how they will go about it.

      It’s much more likely that they will increase the ppi and make the display a more competitive HD resolution of 1080p.

  • Maxim∑

    Don’t believe this timeline really, but I’m sure this will be a huge year for Apple

  • smtp25

    Apple TV upgrade seems abit far off too and hopefully wrong

  • Nirvana

    NFC!? That’s Samsung! We use AirDrop

    • Not just Samsung… but some other phone mfr’s

    • Owen Reece Howarth

      Does anyone actually use AirDrop? I’ve adapted to using email’s and messages to send files. I don’t think i’ve transferred a file over bluetooth since i was 15!

      Although, it is kinda cool… and really quick 🙂

      And if someone wants a song ive got… tough. Not my problem.

  • Really don’t believe the figures in this article..

    ‘thousands of dollars’ iWatch?

    2 different iWatch sizes for the sake of .2 inches?

    1334×750 screen resolution?

    1GB RAM on both models?

    BS if you ask me, bottom of the barrel article @iDB

    • Melvco

      I can appreciate you having your own opinion about Kuo’s predictions, but calling this a ‘bottom of the barrel article’ is a bit unfair.

      Ming-Chi Kuo is a widely respected analyst with one of the best track records in the business. We, along with several other tech outlets, frequently quote him and his research notes because the guy very rarely misses.

      Check out his exact same report from a year ago regarding the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and new iPads. He was right on at least 70% of his predictions—which he made in January, 9 months ahead of most product launches.

      If that’s ‘bottom of the barrel,’ I wonder what the top looks like.

      • Most of the claims in that article were guesses that most people would’ve made (5S, iPad5, Mini2, MBA refresh for example), while most of the rest were just wrong (IIRC) iPod Mini, MBP, lack of Mac Pro etc

        So I stand by my opinion of ‘bottom of the barrel’, I come to iDB for great content, not poor guesswork based on some guy who occasionally gets lucky with guesswork.

        Did you even read the figures before this was posted? Immediate red flag should’ve been the “4.7” iPhone 6 only rising by 198 vertical pixels and 110 horizontal pixels to 1334×750 pixels despite being nearly an inch bigger diagonally.. and 2/3 generations behind competitors?

    • Hyr3m

      One big watch for men and one smaller one for women. .2 inch makes a big difference on your wrist.

      Steel watch = cheap (although prolly not with an apple logo on it)
      Gold watch = expensive (understand “overpriced” as with anything apple)
      Platinum watch = don’t even look at the price

      Look at what real luxury watchmakers do and you’ll understand why Apple is expected to do this; they’ll try and pretend they can play along.

  • Deacon Steve

    No way. Anyone who thinks Apple will do NFC is dead wrong

  • Josh

    Time to spend your money folks..

  • ‘Ariff

    Apple already has Airdrop. There’s no point and logical marketing reason to opt for NFC.

    Now…. if Airdrop was fixed to enable transfer between iOS and OSX…. I’d totally buy whichever tier product that supports that.

    • Nathan Smith

      NFC will likely be included to support the iWatch, easy linking

      • ‘Ariff

        Why not just tweak Airdrop to enable such a thing?

  • Brian Brown

    Can’t wait for the iWatch, or just a wearable !

  • oralarts

    He lost me at iWatch at more than $1,000. Sapphire display only on 64 gb 5.5″ and NFC are also not gonna happen.

  • Quang

    I don’t think Apple will do NFC. Apple has AirDrop and iBeacon.

    • Hyr3m



  • 1gb ram for phones was so 2012…

  • Melvco

    Seeing a lot of skepticism down here, and rightfully so. But it’s worth looking at Kuo’s similar 2013 report from January of last year. He was nearly perfect in his predictions.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Apple isn’t doing NFC. I have no idea where this guy is getting his info from. And agree with the iWatch stuff.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    2Gs of RAM, good god please.

  • Kieran.Lillis

    Does anyone know whether there will be an iPod Touch 6th Gen this year?

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    I want the largest iPhone, but I can’t wait that long if there’s a new one before, only smaller :/

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