This fall should prove a busy timeframe for Apple, as the Cupertino-based company is expected to refresh its entire lineup of devices.
According to a recent report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in addition to the new iPhone model, Apple is also aiming at launching the long-rumored iPad mini this fall, along with new iPod Touch and iPod Nano models.
The next-generation iPhone model, which many believe will arrive on shelves as iPhone 5, is said to be en-route to an official launch in early September, followed by the 7-inch iPad model shortly after.
“iPhone 5 to debut in September. But due to in-cell touch panel and casing yield rate limits, ability to offset older models' shipments decrease will be moderate,” Kuo, who has proven a reliable source of forecasts on Apple’s products, notes.
He also notes that Apple will ramp-up production of the new iPad mini in August, and that it aims at making the device official sometime in September as well.
The modified device, which should boast better performance, improved thermal performance and a reduced price tag, is expected to land on shelves in October.
Additionally, the Cupertino-based company is expected to launch redesigned iPod touch and iPod nano media players in September as well, with significant hardware changes and performance boosts.
Last September, Apple did not deliver substantially modified iPod touch or iPod nano models, but that should change this fall, MacRumors reports.
No official confirmation on the matter has emerged so far, yet the new iPod nano model is expected to land on shelves with a rectangular screen and a home button similar with that present on iOS devices.
The same as the next iPhone, the revised iPod touch might hit shelves with a new in-cell touch display technology packed inside.
“Though all new design iPod touch and iPod nano will be launched, growth momentum will mainly come from the latter. The new iPod touch, like iPhone 5, uses in-cell panel, whose availability is limited in the initial stage. Shipments will therefore be hindered,” Kuo notes.