Apple planning to launch all-new 12" MacBook, higher-res sixth-gen iPad in 2014
Apple has an all-new-design 12-inch MacBook with a high-resolution display, and a new 9.7-inch sixth-generation iPad with an even higher pixel count than the current Retina display, both in the works for next year, according to well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo.
Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, revealed on Saturday that Apple has a number of major new products in the works for next year. Most notably, the new 12-inch MacBook will feature what he said is an "ultra-slim clamshell form factor."
He expects this new model to offer a marriage between the portability of the 11-inch MacBook Air and the greater productivity offered by the 13-inch model. The display is said to be on par with Apple's high-resolution MacBook Pro Retina display.
According to Kuo, the new MacBook is expected to "redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air."
Despite speculation that Apple could introduce a notebook powered by its custom A-series chips found in the iPhone and iPad, Kuo does not expect that the new 12-inch MacBook will run on an A-series chip. Instead, he has predicted that the new MacBook will feature a traditional Intel CPU.
The analyst also revealed that Apple is working on a new sixth-generation iPad with a higher pixel-per-inch count than the existing 9.7-inch iPad with Retina display. Contrary to recent rumors, he doesn't expect Apple to launch a 12-inch iPad next year.
The sixth-generation iPad is expected to launch in late 2014, and will pack in as much as 40 percent more pixels than the current iPad's Retina display.
Inside Apple's supply chain, he expects the company Parade Technology to benefit from an abundance of embedded DisplayPort technology in the company's 2014 lineup. Kuo said eDP, which is a standardized display interface that allows graphics processors to interface with display panels, will likely play a key role in the company's products next year.
"We think Parade will defend its status as Apple's sole eDP provider going into 2014, making it one of the top stories in the Apple supply chain," Kuo wrote in a research note.
Kuo has a strong track record of accurately revealing Apple's future product plans. He was the first to reveal that Apple would retire its 17-inch MacBook Pro, he correctly forecast Apple's entire fall 2012 product lineup, and his predictions for Apple's 2013 launch schedule made in January have thus far proven accurate.