KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record on prediting Apple’s product plans, has a new report outlining the company’s 2013 prospects.The big centerpiece of Apple’s year is the iPhone 5S and revamped iPhone 5 around June or July of this year. Kuo says that the iPhone 5S will greatly resemble the current model and feature several performance upgrades like an A7 processor, a fingerprint sensor and an improved camera. He believes also that the revamped iPhone 5 will be Apple’ rumored budget handset with a slightly thicker case. The time frame is in line with what we’ve seen from Apple with the 3GS and 4S in previous years and most of the predictions aren’t anything too outrageous. Even the fingerprint scanner has some credibility with Apple’s acquisition of AuthenTec last year.
Apple will also update their tablet line say Kuo’s report. The mini will receive the Retina display and the full-sized iPad will get slightly slimmer and lighter. Interestingly he thinks they will be released around the same time as the new iPhones in Q3. Again this sounds like standard Apple year over year improvements. The same goes for their other products. Apple will do away with non-Retina display Macbook Pro models and upgrade to a scaled-back 5th-gen iPod Touch.
There doesn’t seem to be anything too revolutionary in Kuo’s predictions for Apple’s coming year. Given Apple’s recently stock price fall that could be a problem for investors. Yet, at the same time it could be a boon to have a stable set of products with a focus on dropping their price by getting manufacturing costs down and opening themselves up to a new market segment.