Industry watchers predicted that Apple will hold three product launches next year, which will be headlined by the announcement of a full-blown TV by the end of 2013.
In a note to investors issued by Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray last Tuesday, he speculated that 2013 would set the stage for bigger changes in Apple’s lineup. The most notable among them would be the launch of a television set in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season. With screen sizes between 42 and 55 inches, Munster expects that the TV set will cost around $1,500 – $2,000.
We expect the beauty of the design to be the feature, but the most important feature will be the ability to use the TV as the main interface for the living room across multiple devices. We believe the TV will include Siri and FaceTime. The biggest unlikely to come with the TV will be unbundled channels.
Radio Service, iPad Mini with Retina Display and iPhone 5S for 2013
Aside from the Apple TV, it is also expected that the Cupertino-based company will hold an event around March to launch a new radio service. It was reported recently that Apple is in talks with content providers to build a streaming radio service that can compete against Pandora.
In relation to this, Munster speculated that a new service would be accompanied by a new product launch. He also believes that the recently released iPad Mini is most likely to have an update by adding Retina Display. The additional feature could also address “significant complaint about the iPad Mini.”
It is also more likely that a new regular iPad would be introduced, featuring a redesigned exterior similar to iPhone 5 and iPad Mini. Moreover, an updated Apple TV set-top box will also be announced around the same time, and it could include a TV app store.
As for the third major product launch, Munster believes that Apple will release its next-generation iPhone in September. Dubbed as “iPhone 5S”, the handset will be a “modest upgrade” from its predecessor, with faster processor, more RAM, and better camera.
The next version of Mac OS X and iOS operating systems is also expected to become available at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. In addition, the release of iOS 7 will start to show the influence of Jony Ive, who’s now the new head of Apple Human Interface team.