Report: iWatch Could Hit Shelves in 2013; iPad Mini Retna, iPhone 6 Coming in 2014?
The iPad Mini Retina, the iPhone 6, and iWatch are all officially on the horizon.
According to CNET, Citi Research's Glen Yeung confirmed the news in a published note last night. The Mini Retina and Phone 6 are both expected to be released in 2014, with the iWatch coming as early as this year.
Yeung wrote: "In our 6/7/13 note, we first indicated that the iPad Mini with Retina display was likely pushed out until late 2013 or early 2014. Despite some recent investor discussion that it may be pulled forward, our Asia team continues to agree with our opinion that iPad Mini Retina is unlikely to be pulled forward.
We therefore continue to believe that Apple's 2H13 [second half 2013] iPad lineup will be iPad5 (reduced weight, slimmer bezel, thinner design), iPad Mini (the existing model), and a reduced price iPad Mini (likely priced at $249)."
On the much-speculated iWatch, Yeung commented: "Looking Ahead to iPhone 6/iWatch - As we have written in the past, we expect Apple to launch a larger-screen version of iPhone (dubbed iPhone 6) in 1H14 [first half 2014]. We also anticipate the launch of iWatch, possibly in 2H13."
For CNET's original report, including some new details on the iPhone 5C, click here.
Citi's information contradicts previous notes to investors. In July, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who wrote a brief on the released information, believed that the iWatch would be released in late 2014, "with a 1.5- to 2-inch screen, focus on biometrics and deep integration with existing iOS devices."
"Investors shouldn't be misled by the word 'Watch'. We think iWatch will not be positioned as a time-telling device, nor as a device that displays information from other Apple products," Kuo wrote. "We are positive on the iWatch because its wearable design is helpful for offering more secure user identification and biometrics functionality."
This Spring, Bloomberg reported that "features under consideration include letting users make calls, see the identity of incoming callers and check map coordinates, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. It would also house a pedometer for counting steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data, such as heart rates, this person said."
iWatch mock-up by WIRED.com
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