Analyst: No Fingerprint Sensors or Gold Colors for New iPads
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released his latest Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) event predictions and his December quarter shipping estimates in a recent note to investors obtained by 9to5Mac. Like many analysts, Kuo believes that Apple will unveil the fifth-generation iPad, the second-generation iPad mini with Retina display, and a refreshed MacBook Pro at its media event on Tuesday.
However, the well-connected analyst included several new product details in his latest note, as well as the rationale behind his forecasts. For example, Kuo believes that the iPad 5 will feature an 8-megapixel camera with a larger aperture because Apple needed to keep its tablet competitive with Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) similarly-equipped 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX, which is reportedly shipping in November. He also predicted that the iPad 5 will include a 64-bit A7X processor.
Similarly, the iPad mini 2’s Retina display will keep Apple’s small tablet device on par with products such as Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) high-definition Nexus 7 II. The new iPad mini will also get a computing power boost from the same A7 chip that is found in the iPhone 5S. However, despite the rumors, Kuo doesn’t believe that either of Apple’s new iPads will include a Touch ID fingerprint sensor or be available in a gold color-option.