Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will unveil a 4-inch iPhone and the iPad Air 3 during H1 2016

Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will unveil a 4-inch iPhone and the iPad Air 3 during H1 2016
Finding out what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo knows is the closest thing to being a fly in Tim Cook's office. Over the last few years, the analyst has made some prescient calls regarding features, prices and launch dates for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. More often than not, the analyst is right on with his calls. Now, amid a rumbling of rumors related to a March press event that Apple will allegedly hold, Kuo confirms that a few new Apple devices will be unveiled during the first half of this year.

Kuo expects Apple to introduce the long-rumored 4-inch iPhone by the first half of this year. The phone has been dubbed the Apple iPhone 5se and will allegedly contain the Apple A8 chipset. Kuo expects the handset to feature 2.5D glass like the Apple iPhone 6s, and a 12MP rear-facing camera. He adds that not too much hardware innovation is expected from the new model, which will manifest itself in "tepid" sales of the new iPhone 5se.

The analyst also expects Apple's next flagship tablet, the Apple iPad Air 3, to be unveiled during the first half of this year. As far as the Apple iPhone 7 is concerned, Kuo says that Apple is working on "evolutionary" improvements in the chipset, camera resolution, battery life and more. He didn't have anything to add to the rumors that the iPhone 7 will not include a 3.5mm earphone jack. Nor did he comment on speculation that the unit will be waterproof.

Kuo is calling for Apple to announce that 77 million iPhone units were sold in the holiday quarter that ended in December. That would top the 74.5 million sold in the previous year's quarter. However, he does expect that the current quarter will produce the first ever year-over-year decline in iPhone sales. Kuo sees Apple ringing up 43 million units in the period, down 29% from the same quarter in 2015. 

Kuo sent out his note on Sunday to clients of KGI Securities.

source: AppleInsider

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1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

What Kuo gets is always on point...he might have Ant-man working for him.

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Ming Kuo's great at stating the obvious and going along with most likely rumours... For this he's called an Analyst.

2. Unordinary unregistered

Wait really? I didn't know, even after the past 79 articles on PA about this.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Let's get that iPhone 7+ into stores.

4. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Huh? What? A 12mg cam with an A8 that doesn't sound right! But if it turns out to be true it would be quite cool actually!

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'd rather have A9 and 8mp, especially that 12mp on 6s isn't much better than on 6

8. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

True that an A9 would feauture proof it more. +1

5. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Well all those android switchers either satisfied and waiting for the 7 and 7+ or went back to android. And a lot of folks are still rocking the 5s but need to upgrade so I think Apple will be alright when they launch the 7 but let's shoot for camera equality and 3D Touch in iPads please!

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