Analyst: Apple prepping phablets, tablets

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Expect to see a bigger iPhone, lighter iPads and even a new addition to the company's lightweight MacBook Air notebook line before the end of the year.

Unlike so many analysts that spend their time second-guessing what Apple has planned or the next industry it is going to disrupt, Ming Chi-Kuo from KGI Securities is usually right. Therefore, when he publishes a note to investors, the tech press tends to sit up and take notice.

In his latest note, published on Wednesday and seen by Apple Insider, Ming Chi-Kuo reiterates earlier claims that Apple is preparing two iPhones for launch this autumn. The first will reportedly have a 4.7-inch display set in a slimmer bezel so that the handset's size can be kept down and still be easy to use with a single hand.

For this reason, the sleep/wake button is going to be repositioned to the phone's side.

It will launch alongside a much bigger 5.5-inch display device that will be marketed as a high-end phablet rather than as a phone and is expected to have a 401ppi resolution.

One device that won't be coming in 2014 is a 'Pro' 12-inch tablet. Although it is said to be in the works, its release is being pushed back to 2015. Apple's existing tablets, the iPad Air and iPad Mini will both get new chipsets and the Air model will also get the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, according to the note.

Meanwhile the iPad Mini will shed a couple of grams in terms of weight as it is currently one of the heaviest 7-inch tablets on the market (due to its high-resolution screen).

In terms of notebooks, Apple is also said to be planning a 12-inch ultraportable computer that will sit between the existing 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models but will offer a high-resolution Retina Display and a redesigned trackpad. Its look is being described as seriously minimalist.

Interestingly, Ming Chi-Kuo makes no mention of an "iWatch."


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