Apple’s iPad Mini Set to Hit the Stores This September

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In a note to investors provided by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last Tuesday, Apple will release a tweaked version of the new iPad, together with the rumored iPad Mini. Both devices will hit the stores after the next-generation iPhone is launched in early September.

However, the analyst also added that upcoming devices can only accomplish a slight offset for older models because of the limited component availability.

iPhone 5 to debut in September. But due to in-cell touch panel and casing yield rate limits, ability to offset older models’ shipments decrease will be moderate.

What Lies Ahead for the iPad Mini

Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPhone this fall, a year after it has released the iPhone 4S to the public. Other than that, it was rumored that the company will roll out a 7-inch iPad Mini.

Although initial sales of yet-to-be-announced tablet will be modest, Kuo sees that it will have an impressive performance when holiday season arrives. He also estimated that the iPad Mini could sell 13 million units in the future. In case the device could see the light of day and could garner as much as sales as what the analyst estimated, it could put the existing iPad model out in front.

Kuo’s estimation for the iPad Mini goes in line with the recent claims that Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is already hiring more staff. It is said that the new Foxconn employees will help them mass produce the rumored device next month.

More Redesigned Apple Products to Come

Other than the iPad Mini, there were also reports that Apple will give its new iPad a refresh. Although there won’t be any aesthetic changes to the tablet, its internal components will be tweaked in order to cut component costs and improve thermal performance.

It was also rumored that the company will redesign its iPod Touch and iPod Nano. Despite the limited information, there were speculations that the music players will feature larger screen and A5 processor.

Although last Tuesday’s report sees a soft third quarter sales for Apple, Kuo believes that the company will have huge gains in the last quarter of this year. That is because of the introduction of the new iPad and iPhone models. The analyst estimated that the mobile phone will hit 55 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, while the iPad product line will be close to 24 million.

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