iPhone 5S, iPhone Lite and iPad 5 all expected to launch sometime in September, analyst says

iPhone 5S, iPhone Lite and iPad 5 all expected to launch sometime in September, analyst says

Here's the thing with analysts and their analyses – you either despise them, or you don't. What do they know, right? And that's fair, given how often they're way off. But this time it's slightly different – KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note to clients that has fallen into the hands of AppleInsider, giving a rather complete forecast on what wares we can expect to come from Cupertino by the end of the year. Why is it slightly different? Well, Kuo actually has a rather 'stellar' (as stellar as it can get when it comes to making predictions) track record and most rumors actually support his call.

Kuo reinforces this notion, claiming that Apple is struggling with the production of “numerous components”, resulting in a delay for the iPhone 5S' launch, pegged for the end of September:


The tech giant's flagship isn't the only one having a rough time, though. The iPhone Lite is also experiencing production difficulties, albeit less severe, and is expected to launch at the beginning of September. The analyst sees the plasticky (as far as we know) model attacking the market with a price tag between $450 and $550.

Apple's troubles don't end here, though, for according to Kuo, the iPad mini 2 will be pushed all the way to March or April next year. Ours and the analyst's intel seem to converge on this one, for Retina panels combined with the smaller 7.9-inch factor have proven a tough nut to crack for Cupertino. AppleInsider also notes that, according to the research note, a possible, cheaper iPad Mini running an older A5 processor could see the light of day in December, with next year being a more secure bet.

The iPad maker must feel that the competitors are upping the ante, for its efforts in the category do not stop here. According to Kuo, a redesigned 9.7-inch version will serve as the “highlight of iPad in 2013”. Did the rumor mill from way back in January actually have it right all along?

via: AppleInsider

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14 Comments

1. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

$450 and $550 for iPhone Lite? The best joke i read today.

14. stealthd unregistered

They may just want to get it free on-contract. If they just let the old iPhones go down in price, they can't control the margin as easily. If they specifically engineer an iPhone for that price point, they can. I don't think Apple's in any hurry to "compete" with $100-200 Android phones, they don't want to race to the bottom.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bring on the beautiful, and smooth operating iOS 7 fall lineup, so I can line up.

3. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Bring on the fanboys, and flat looking, pastel colored iOS 7 fall lineup, so I can line up like the other animals that rhyme with iJeep When you talk that is what we see lol. Your blind fanboyism to that ancient religion won't conjure up any credibility with anyone on PA Darth Jedi

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Say what you will, but who cares dude. Come September, I'll be treating my fiancé and myself to some fall goodies. I don't care what you see, say, or think. PA is fun for me, but the real world is where I gain credibility...sorry not a sith either. +1 for your effort though lol.

5. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Any news on the iPad mini 2? Hmm..

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Retina display, 1080p recording, A7 chip, 2 gigs of ram, not sure about the cameras but they're already pretty good.

7. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

don't forget the Quad GPU! BEST

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly Cesar, renowned for the best GPU.

10. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Yeah. I know these rumored specs for ipad mini 2. Wanna know abt the timeframe of its release..

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I've heard this fall along with the rest, and I've heard early 2014.

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

IPhone Lite is overpriced iPlastic.

11. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

As if it is officially announced

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's haterism talking

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