Analyst: Here Are Apple’s MacBook and iPad Plans for 2014
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasted several new Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) products to be launched next year in a recent note to investors obtained by Apple Insider. According to the Taiwan-based analyst, Apple will unveil a new 12-inch version of its MacBook laptop as well as a 9.7-inch iPad with an even higher resolution than the current Retina display model in 2014.
Kuo predicted that the new MacBook model will combine the size advantage of the current 11-inch MacBook Air with the higher workload capability of the 13-inch MacBook Air, reports Apple Insider. This future MacBook model will feature an “ultra-slim clamshell form factor” and will “redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air,” wrote the analyst.
Although some industry rumors have suggested that Apple will expand the use of its mobile device chips to its laptops, Kuo believes the upcoming MacBook Air will still be powered by an Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) processor. Apple recently upgraded its MacBook Air models with Intel’s next-generation Haswell processors, which use significantly less battery power.