Analysts Gene Munster and Douglas Clinton of Piper Jaffray are predicting that 2013 for Apple “will set the stage for bigger changes in the product lineup in 2014 and beyond.”Munster has long been a supporter of the Apple television rumors, and he’s not backing away from his theory that the Cupertino giant will one day take over the living room, just as it did with the smartphone market, and the tablet space.
So he’s anticipating an iTV to arrive in November. But this is only the last of a string of five new products from Apple this year.
The two analysts believe that early 2013 will witness the unveiling of an Apple-branded radio product – perhaps called iRadio – which will deliver podcasts and music content through iTunes.
The iPad mini with Retina display, or iPad mini 2, will also launch in the interim, and you can expect iOS 7 in June 2013, the duo predicts.
That’s when Apple holds its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and there’s already a well-established tradition to unveil a new version of iOS at each of these developer-centric events.
But that’s not all Piper Jaffray predicts for June 2013 / WWDC. The two analysts also believe Apple will break away from its newly established fall refresh cycle with the iPhone.
The iPhone 5S, a (rumored) incremental update to the current iPhone iteration, is also to be announced at WWDC, according to Munster and Clinton.
To be fair, Apple has already launched not one, but two iPhone models bearing the “S” moniker. It’s sort of like the “i” Nokia used to designate an improved version of an existing phone model.
We’ve seen the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4S, and this year, if the Cupertino giant feels like staying true to tradition, we’ll see a new iPhone 5 version with the same look and feel, and a bunch of improvements under the hood.
According to Munster, Clinton, and a bunch of other analysts who keep a close eye on Apple’s modus operandi, the next iPhone will be the iPhone 5S.
And if it does launch in summer, then fall 2013 may actually be reserved for the iPhone 6, many of these analysts predict.