Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to come up with many devices this year, including its flagship phone, the iPhone 6, later this year. Also, the iPhone maker could be launching its new wearable devices, iPad Air and 2014 Macbook Pro and Air series around the same time.
Expected offerings from Apple
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to update its iPad Air line this year. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple might introduce a device at the end of the year. Many analysts believe that Apple would update the iPad Air by including an improved TouchID system, and powering the device with A8 chip based on the 64-bit architecture.
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On the much awaited the iPhone 6, some of the recent reports indicated that Apple could include a 13-MP camera, sapphire glass coating, solar cells and dynamic remote user interface. A new patent indicated that Apple might allow the users to control the device from far away.
Also, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is believed to come up with a refreshed line of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro series. The Cupertino-based company might introduce a solar-powered MacBook display (as per the information from the patent filing) and a 12-inch MacBook edition.
Wearables segment heating up
Ever since the launch of the Galaxy Gear and the announcement of Google Glass, much of the focus has shifted to wearable devices. Also, there have been expectations for a long time that Apple would unveil an iWatch. With the advent of wearable devices, some analysts feel that the era of smartphone would be over soon. Manufacturers are now feeling the heat to come out with innovative features and devices in the area of wearable tech.
Rob Chira, a senior tech analyst at Evercore Partners, believes that the pressure is coming from companies like FitBit and Jawbone, who are building devices and creating a technology ecosystem around these wearables, and “Apple should certainly want to play in that.”
An article in the March 24 edition of Barron’s states that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares could gain by as much as 20% over the next year backed by the sales of its new flagship iPhone 6, which is believed to have a bigger screen. The article notes that currently, Apple shares are trading at a deep discount.