Kuo: thinner MacBook Pro models coming with OLED touch bar and Touch ID

By Cody Lee on May 23, 2016

Apple plans to release new MacBook Pro models later this year with a thinner design, built-in Touch ID and other new features, reports Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors on Monday, the high-profile analyst said the Pro laptops will make their debut in Q4 of this year.

Kuo says this will be the “most significant upgrade ever undertaken by Apple.” In addition to an all-new thinner and lighter design, and Touch ID, the new MacBooks will also include an embedded OLED display touch bar, that will be located above the keyboard. Read More

 

KGI: Apple to produce one iPhone 7 Plus model with dual lens and 3GB RAM

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2016

In somewhat surprising news, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo—arguably the most reliable Apple analyst out there—says there’ll be one, not two iPhone 7 Plus models. Previous rumors have pointed to three different configurations: a regular 4.7-inch ‘iPhone 7’, a larger-screened 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ and a so-called ‘iPhone 7 Pro’ with premium hardware features.

According to Kuo’s note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, Apple plans to produce a single iPhone 7 Plus model. That ‘Plus’ edition should be the ‘Pro’ iPhone you’ve been waiting for: it’ll come outfitted with a dual-lens camera system and have three gigabytes of RAM versus two gigabytes of RAM on the iPhone 6s generation. Read More

 

One of the most reliable Apple analysts doesn’t see “many attractive selling points for iPhone 7”

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2016

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has arguably the strongest track record among his peers when it comes to anticipating unreleased Apple products. That being said, his most recent research note that he issued to clients last evening is something of a surprise to ardent Apple watchers.

In it, the revered analyst pours cold water on various iPhone 7 expectations, stating he doesn’t see “many attractive selling points” for the upcoming handset. A copy of Kuo’s note to clients was obtained by AppleInsider.

As a matter of fact, Kuo believes Apple will be the only top-five smartphone vendor to see its shipments decline this year before they rebound in 2018, in time for a rumored monster iPhone 8 refresh. Read More

 

KGI: major iPhone redesign due in 2017 with all-glass enclosure, AMOLED Retina screen and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 18, 2016

An iPhone 7, which we expect will launch this fall, won’t differ much from the existing iPhone 6/6s design style because Apple is saving a major visual refresh of its smartphone for 2017, according to a research note Sunday by well-informed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The note, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, quotes the analyst as saying that a 2107 iPhone refresh will bring not only the rumored jump to the superior AMOLED display technology but a whole new design language for the iconic smartphone that will ditch the all-metal appearance in favor of an all-glass enclosure. Read More

 

KGI analyst predicts 25 percent lower Apple Watch shipments this year

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is one of the most reliable Apple analyst out there, estimated in a note sent to clients Monday that shipments of the Apple Watch will decline 25 percent in the calendar 2016, despite the expected introduction of a second-generation model some time later this year.

According to the note, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, Apple will sell a total of 7.5 million Apple Watch units this year versus an estimated 10.6 million Apple Watch sales in 2015. Read More

 

KGI: dual cameras to be exclusive to 5.5″ iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 4, 2016

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 will feature dual cameras for improved photography features, but only on the flagship 5.5-inch model, according to an investment note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider this morning.

The analyst, who has a strong track record in predicting Apple’s future product plans, thinks that iPhone shipments will fall below 200 million units this year due to a soft iPhone SE launch and weakening demand for the current flagship iPhone model, the iPhone 6s. Read More

 

KGI: 5.8″ AMOLED iPhone with iPhone 4-like curved glass design due in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2016

Last month, supply chain sources claimed Apple was working to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone featuring rigid AMOLED display panels some time in 2017.

And now, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said pretty much the same thing in his most recent analysis issued to clients yesterday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider.

The device should have a curved glass casing similar to the design of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s and a “completely new form factor design” with narrow bezels providing a “more comfortably grip.” Read More

 

KGI: iPhone SE will have 12MP iSight camera, iPhone 5s to go half price

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2016

Apple’s upcoming four-inch ‘iPhone SE’ will cost between $300 and $400 in the United States, it will have a twelve-megapixel camera on the back rather than an eight-megapixel shooter, as previously rumored, and is entering mass production soon. Moreover, the existing iPhone 5s is slated to be discounted by fifty percent.

That’s the gist of a note KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent to clients, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider. Read More

 

KGI: iPhone 7 Plus will have dual lenses with optical image stabilization and zoom

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2016

Reliable analyst (if there is such a thing) Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities sent an interesting report to clients, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider.

In it, he predicts that a new, premium edition of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus will be outfitted with a dual-lens system with optical image stabilization and optical zoom, realized through technology Apple obtained from last year’s acquisition of Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging. Read More

 

KGI: 3D Touch-less iPad Air 3 due in H1 2016

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 15, 2015

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared some interesting predictions for 2016 iPhones and iPads in a note sent to clients this morning, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors.

For starters, Kuo is adamant that the third-generation iPad Air will be arriving in the first half of next year. The tablet won’t be outfitted with a pressure-sensing screen due to alleged production issues related to building a 9.7-inch 3D Touch sensor array. Read More

 

KGI: mid-range iPhone 6c with Apple Pay, fast A9 chip and three color options due in early-2016

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2015

According to a research note that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent to clients this morning, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, Apple’s rumored four-inch iPhone refresh will be released in early-2016, possibly in time for the spring.

It will feature an iPhone 5s-like exterior design with an iPhone 6s-like display that’s curved at the edges.

The device apparently sports a colorful metal chassis, runs the A9 system-on-a-chip manufactured by both TSMC and Samsung (which also powers the latest iPhone 6s series) and includes NFC to support Apple Pay transactions. Read More

 

KGI: Apple won’t be switching to AMOLED screens for iPhones anytime soon

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

Talk of an iPhone equipped with a power-efficient AMOLED screen technology has persisted for years. Yet, Apple continues to build iPhones with LCD screens that use a premium display technology, called IPS (In-Plane Switching), for wide viewing angles and improved image quality. Read More

 

4-inch iPhone refresh rumored to include A9 chip, iPhone 5s-style looks, Touch ID but no 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015

In addition to calling for an iPhone 7 with three gigabytes of RAM, the mostly reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a note issued to clients Tuesday evening, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, that the company is working on a major refresh for its four-inch iPhone.

“Resembling an upgraded iPhone 5s,” Kuo says the refreshed device will run Apple’s A9 processor that powers the iPhone 6s and be released in the first half of next year, which would mark the first time an iPhone launched outside of its autumn (in the past: summer) schedule. Read More

 

KGI predicts A10 chip with 3GB of RAM in iPhone 7

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 4, 2015

The next year’s iPhone, let’s call it an ‘iPhone 7,’ is expected to be outfitted with three gigabytes of RAM, according to the revered analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. If true, the iPhone 7 will pack in fifty percent more RAM than this year’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that sport 2GB of RAM.

According to Kuo’ note issue to clients Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, this will help the new phone multitask even better than the current iPhone 6s, which has doubled the amount of RAM relative to last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Read More

 

KGI: iPhone 7 to be iPod touch-thin

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2015

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the most reliable Apple analyst out there, wrote in a note to clients Monday that Apple’s 2016 iPhone—call it an ‘iPhone 7’ if you will—will be even thinner than the current iPhone 6.

According to the report, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider, the iPhone 7 should be just as thin as the recently released sixth-generation iPod touch and roughly in line with the iPad Air 2. Read More

 

KGI: upcoming iMac refresh taps LED phosphor material to boost color saturation of the display

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

Following his prediction a month ago that next-generation iMacs will launch very soon, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed more details in an analysis shared Thursday with clients, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider.

The new iMac upgrade will feature a “much better display,” owing to the use of a LED phosphor material known as KSF to boost color saturation. Read More

 

KGI confirms iPhone 6s has 5MP front camera

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones were previously rumored to incorporate a five-megapixel sensor out the front and now a revered analyst is reaffirming those rumors.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, arguably the most reliable Apple analyst in the world, is reporting in a note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, that aside from upgrading the back shooter to twelve megapixels, the front-facing camera on the new phones will be five megapixels. Read More

 

KGI: iPad Pro with optional Force Touch-enabled stylus accessory entering production this fall

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a note issued to clients Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, that Apple’s 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ will be entering mass production in September or October of this year.

The device will feature an optional Apple-made stylus accessory, sold separately, with built-in Force Touch support. Read More

 

Mass production of new iPhones slightly delayed, but launch won’t be postponed

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 7, 2015

With just a few weeks until Apple’s assumed fall refresh of its smartphone lineup, revered analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities cautions that Apple appears to have slightly delayed mass production of ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ devices.

The phones should enter volume production later this month, or about one to two weeks later than originally expected, Kuo was quoted as saying by Taiwanese media. Thankfully, the slight delay shouldn’t affect Apple’s launch plans so expect the new iPhones to drop in mid-September. Read More

 

KGI: new iMacs in the pipeline feature faster CPUs and ‘much better display quality’

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2015

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is arguably the most reliable Apple analyst out there, is out with a new analysis offering some new details regarding Apple’s upcoming refresh of the iMac lineup.

According to his note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, Apple will updated iMacs this quarter with faster processors from Intel and enhanced screen technology designed to provide a “much better display quality.” Read More

 
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