“According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the iPad Air 2 will launch towards the end of 2014,” Goodwin reports. “Kuo also claims that Apple will not be releasing an updated iPad Mini with retina in 2014 nor a larger, iPad Pro model – the latter is apparently coming in 2015. Kuo also predicted correctly that Apple would release a cut-rate iPad 4 in Q1 2014. “
Goodwin reports, “‘Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9in iPad. As such, more resources will be allocated to these two products, which will affect the progress of the development of new iPad mini. All told, we think chances of the debut of a new iPad mini in 2H14 are slim. In addition, the 12.9-inch iPad is unlikely to be offered in 2014. For these reasons, we predict the only new iPad product in 2H14 will be the upgraded iPad Air,’ wrote the analyst in a note to investors.”
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