Apple could launch the iPhone 5 around the same time as the new 13-inch Macbook Pro, an analyst has forecast.
Fresh insight from Ming-Chi of KGI Research suggests the iPhone 5 will go into mass production in early September alongside the first-ever Macbook Pro with a Retina display, making an October launch a strong possibility.
However, Kuo says the Macbook Pro will likely face supply shortages, resulting in customers opting instead for a new smartphone, which is sure to boost sales of the handset amid mounting anticipation.
“We think consumers who initially planned to purchase the 13” MacBook Pro and Air will turn to the 13” Retina MacBook Pro instead because it has an attractive panel, its price is similar to MacBook Pro and it has a better balance between power consumption and form factor.
“However, as supply is limited due to panel and assembly yield rate issues, shipment of the 13” Retina MacBook Pro won’t be able to satisfy demand. And we think consumers’ budgets will transfer to new iOS products after Apple launches them, which suggests that overall MacBook shipments will not grow meaningfully on the 13” Retina MacBook Pro.”
KGI’s estimates also confirm an all-new iPod touch and iPod nano will go into mass production shortly before the iPhone 5 and will in likelihood launch the same time too, to fill the gap until the release of the new iMac, the chances of which debuting in September are ‘slim’.
A recent rumour has determined September 21st as the most likely iPhone 5 release date, which has been largely accepted as a reasonable ETA by market watchers. However, we think an October launch makes the most sense considering that’s when the iPhone 4S launched last year.
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