Now that this year’s products have all been released, it’s time to start looking forward to what Apple might have to offer next year. Analyst Gene Munster says Apple will have a number of major product releases throughout 2013, including an Apple Television, a Retina iPad mini, new MacBook Airs, and more.
Munster is expecting Apple to release an Apple Television in November of 2013, just in time for next year’s holiday season. He says it will go for around $1,500 and $2,000 with screen sizes between 42 and 55 inches. According to Munster, “We expect the beauty of the design to be a feature, but the most important feature will be the ability to use the TV as the main interface for the living room across multiple devices. We believe the TV will include Siri and FaceTime. The biggest item unlikely to come with the TV will be unbundled channels.”
The Apple Television would be that last product for Apple to release in 2013. Before that, Munster says Apple will hold an event around March 2013 to launch a new radio service that will compete with Pandora. The announcement of this service could also include an update for the iPad mini with a high-resolution Retina display.
Munster also believes Apple will introduce the next iPhone around September. He says the “iPhone 5S” would be a “modest upgrade” from the current iPhone 5, likely with a faster processor, more RAM and a better camera. At this point, Munster says Apple is expected to introduce a new full-size iPad that would have a redesigned exterior more like the iPhone 5 and iPad mini.
The last major release Munster expects Apple to make is new MacBook Airs with Retina display and the next version of its Mac OS X and iOS operating systems at the WWDC in June. He says iOS 7 will start to show Jony Ive’s influences, who recently took over Apple’s Human Interface team.
While this all sounds pretty exciting, nothing is written in stone yet, although it does give us all a little something to look forward to.
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