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Despite a flood of new releases at Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference last month, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple’s September/October event will be “crowded” with new products, including the much-rumored iPad Mini.
Munster expects the device to ship with 16GB of storage for $299 — $100 more than the 8GB iPod Touch and $100 less than the current entry-level iPad 2. Munster says be introducing the iPad Mini, Apple will be eliminating two of the main selling points that draw buyers to Android tablets rather than those running iOS: price and size.
This will allow the iPad Mini to take 30 percent of sales from Android tablets, according to Munster. Of course, the new iPad could cannibalize 10-inch iPad sales, which Munster expects to fall 10 percent as consumers rush to adopt the cheaper, smaller slate.
The iPad Mini won’t be Apple’s only new release this fall, said Munster. Accompanying the new iPad will be a fourth-generation Apple TV, he believes. But while it is expected to maintain that $99 price tag, there’s as yet no indication as to what features the new set-top box might bring.
Munster also believes the event will see the unveiling of Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone. The current iPhone 4S was released in October 2011. Munster didn’t reveal what he expected from this particular device, but past reports have hinted at a larger 4-inch display, a thinner form factor, a new mini dock connector
Finally, Munster believes the event will also see the unveiling of Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone. Again, Munster didn’t reveal what he expected from this particular device, but according to recent reports highlights will include a larger 4-inch display, a thinner form factor, and a new mini dock connector.
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