MacRumors Publishes Apple Product Roadmap for 2014 from Reliable Source

On Wednesday MacRumors published a roadmap of Apple's forthcoming product releases—and what a lineup it is: New iWatch, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, and MacBooks. The information comes from securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, whose 2013 Apple roadmap was very nearly perfect in predicting last year's releases from Apple. On the iOS side, Kuo says that things will start happening in the third quarter (probably September), with the release of a new iPad Air and iPad mini. That will be followed by the rumored iWatch and a 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Then he says that early in the fourth quarter (probably October), we'll see a new version of the Apple TV. Then he sees a 5.5-inch iPhone coming late in the fourth quarter. Not only does Kuo offer a roadmap, but also gives detail on each of the products.

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He says the iWatch will have a flexible AMOLED display in two sizes: 1.3 and 1.5 inches. The slim and light watch, which will be able to be charged wirelessly, will have biometric functions and use sapphire crystal in the lens. It will have multiple price points, including a high-end version that will cost several thousand dollars, according to a separate post on MacRumors

The iPhone 6, according to Kuo, will have a 1334 x 750 (326ppi) 4.7-inch display, an A8 processor, a narrower bezel, and optical image stabilization. It will be available in September. He says the 5.5-inch version will come later because of challenges manufacturing that size of a display with in-cell technology. It will have a sapphire crystal display with 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi) resolution. It will share features with the smaller model, such as A8 processor and narrower bezel. Interestingly, he says that 4.7-inch phone won't use sapphire crystal in the display.

The most notable changes to the iPad Air and iPad mini, Kuo says, will be an A8 processor and the addition of Touch ID. He expects these new models in September, which is earlier than last year. He says Apple will likely continue sell the current retina iPad mini at a  lower price. In addition, Kuo says that a 12.9-inch iPad continues to be a possibility but won't arrive in 2014.

Kuo says not to expect a television from Apple but that the Apple TV set-top box will get an upgrade. It will include a motion controller and an App Store.

This all sounds within reason, and I'd say it's a pretty good bet that this is accurate.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.