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KGI analyst throws hat in ring, says Apple iPad mini coming in September

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KGI analyst throws hat in ring, says Apple iPad mini coming in September
In the last two months, almost every major newspaper and brokerage firm has reported that Apple is going to launch a mini version of the Apple iPad. The majority are looking for a screen size of 7.85 inches and the launch date is either September or October. The latest report is from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo expects an early September launch of the next Apple iPhone followed by the release of the smaller sized tablet. But because of component shortages, and the limited time it will be available in the quarter, he expects sales of the Apple iPhone to show only a modest rise from the 26 million units sold in Apple's fiscal third quarter. That release on Tuesday led to an after-hours decline of over 5% in Apple's shares.

Mock-up of the Apple iPad mini and an Apple iPhone, courtesty of Ciccarese Design

Mock-up of the Apple iPad mini and an Apple iPhone, courtesty of Ciccarese Design

Later in September, Kuo sees Apple releasing its mini iPad. Starting with sales of 1.8 million units in the short time it will be offered in the quarter, he sees the smaller version outselling the third generation Apple iPad in the company's first fiscal quarter of 2013 with sales of 13 million units vs. 11 million for the larger model. The analyst also predicts that Apple will be "tweaking" the third-gen tablet to address what he calls "thermal issues" and trying to reduce costs. These changes will be invisable to users unlike earlier reports from DigiTimes that Apple would be switching to a thinner IGZO display with its larger tablet during this time period.

Kuo sees big things happening for Apple during the Cupertino firm's fiscal first quarter. More specifically he sees 55 million units of the Apple iPhone sold thanks to the new model, and 24 million Apple iPads sold thanks to the new mini version. While you can never tell how investors will react to news, figures like those should be able to get Apple's equity moving higher again.

source: MacRumors via eWeek

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posted on 25 Jul 2012, 00:51 5

1. mas11 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

I'm guessing it's going to cost more than the Nexus 7 with lower specs. But ppl will still buy it because it has a fruit on the back. Just guessing.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 01:38 1

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8825; Member since: 14 May 2012)

+1 for a fact.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 06:34

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

True dat.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 00:54

2. sammy_saw (Posts: 28; Member since: 07 Jan 2012)

Apple got to ban Samsung galaxy tab 7.7 in EU to make way for there new I pad mini , that a way to go to make way for there new product , it's suck to see them to resort to this

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 01:59

4. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)

LOL, Apple stating that Android are copying their rectangle a while back and now it's the opposite, their copying the standard android tablet size 7-8 inch. who's copying who now? *facepalm

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 02:58 3

5. BiN4RY (Posts: 82; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

iPad Mini is already out. It's called the iPod Touch.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 04:02

6. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Agreed,especially when the new ipod touch will have a 4 inch screen to mirror the new iphone. Also the size difference between the ipad mini screen and the 'bigger' one is about 2 inches so its not exactly that much smaller. Still apple will make it their business that fans will be convinced to buy the ipad 'mini' even if they already have just bought the current new ipod,plus buy the iphone 5.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 19:50

9. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)

Soon after it launches they will sue AMAZON KINDLE FIRE saying it's a copy cat like their crappy iPad Mini just watch

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 14:04

10. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)

even the iphone 5 is coming in september.....so will we get back the famous "one more thing" during the event?

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