Ming-Chi Kuo details future iPhones; expects lower-priced MacBook Air, TrueDepth iPads, new Apple Watches this year

“Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who now works at research firm TF International Securities, has issued a new research note today with a wealth of information about Apple’s upcoming products and the company’s overall outlook,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.

“Kuo believes 2019 iPhones will have ‘marked innovations,’ but notes it could take until September or October of this year at the earliest until the exact designs and features become clearer,” Rossignol reports. “He also notes that, if any 2019 iPhones have triple-lens rear cameras, it would unsurprisingly benefit camera-related companies in Apple’s supply chain. In the second half of 2018, Kuo still expects the releases of new iPad models equipped with Face ID, a new lower-price MacBook Air, and new Apple Watch models equipped with larger displays

Rossignol reports, “Kuo on potential impact on Apple of the trade war between the United States and China: ‘We believe it is unlikely that Apple will be directly impacted by the trade war because it plays an important role in both China and US economy. It is worth monitoring whether Chinese consumers will reject buying Apple’s products due to anti-American sentiment.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: The second those iPads are out we’ll be there with bells on; we’ve grown more than a little tired of the staccato operation of iOS devices saddled with Home buttons!

11 Comments

  1. My 10.5” iPad Pro is still great and dumping it just because of the new models adding Face ID seems juvenile and geektardish. Maybe in a couple more years I’ll upgrade.

    1. Wise move. However an affordable MacBook with a good keyboard and more ports (ethernet and video out and 2 usb-c and 1 usb-a) at a fair price would prompt me to drop the iPad in a heartbeat. IOS to me is just a phone OS. It aint no PersonalOS.

  2. I’ll keep the home button on my iPad. I wished my iPhoneX had a home button. As well as the on and off button at the top. And to be perfectly honest I miss the headphone jack on the iPhoneX. Have you ever tried to make music in garage band with the Airpods?!?!? Way too much latency!!

    1. You might very well be the only iPhone X user who misses the home button. As for the latency issue you report, your use case is very much an edge case scenario. The obvious solution is to use the dongle that comes with your phone to use a wired connection. That’s hardly an issue.

  3. I will upgrade immediately to a Face ID iPad Pro from my 10.5 inch iPad Pro. Using my iPad now feels strained because of that home button. Likely getting a new MacBook as well.

  4. Apple…actually pass along _lower_ prices to consumers? Afraid that this analyst took a vacation in Colorado and smoked some ‘oregano’.

    From a UI perspective, buttons have their place. Creating additional software backflips (and complexity + bloat) just to avoid a button isn’t progress.

    Insofar as buying, my future Apple purchases are *On Hold* until there’s a new Mac Pro…

    …and if it costs more than the trash can, then we’re done.

    1. Excellent points. Apple has lost the plot on user experience and interface, and totally lost my trust on Mac hardware and software. The company doesn’t much care about the user, that much is clear. It sells fashion devices at high prices.

  5. At MDN

    There is nothing wrong with the home button, millions of us still use it and have used it from day one of the iPhone. Sure the face ID is novel but no need to run down and kick the home button that has provided sterling service from day one and will continue to do so in the future.

    As for you being out there with the bells on, that is annoying Google ads money you are using to pay for the Apple gear. You dont need the latest gear from Apple, the iPads you have are more then good enough. Less Google ads in your web page would be a better improvement

    1. Just because there is nothing “wrong” with something doesn’t mean there isn’t a better alternative. People initially panicked when the iPhone X was released without a home button. Then, after a very short period of time, people realized how much nicer the iPhone X based gestures are to use rather than the home button. Like it or not, Apple is moving in this direction with all of their phones. Having the iPad work with a home button would create a disjointed user experience for the user base. This will also allow for designs with thinner bezels, etc. as it has for the iPhone X. Overall, this is a welcome improvement and I look forward to the next iPad Pro with Face ID.

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