KGI Securities analyst and long time Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo knows a thing or two when it comes to Apple’s product plans, and he believes that the firm intends to release a new 9.7-inch iPad with a staggering new Retina Display by the end of 2014.
In a new research note published over the weekend, Kuo claimed that the sixth-generation iPad could have 30-40% higher pixel density than the current Retina Display model, but played down those reports of a 12.9-inch Apple tablet coming to market.
“Contrary to speculation that next year’s iPad next year may come in a 12-inch form, or larger, we think it will not change from the current 9.7-inch format as we think a 12-inch iPad would not provide a good mobility experience given today’s technology limitations,” wrote Kuo, in comments first reported by MacRumors.
“In light [of] advancing Oxide and a-Si technologies, the PPI (pixels per inch) of iPad 6, which we expect to come out at end-2014, will exceed that of 2013’s iPad 5 by 30-40%, which will offer more competent visuals.”
Kuo added that he expects the third-generation iPad mini to launch around the same time as the higher-resolution iPad 6. Apple is expected to announce the second-gen iPad mini and fifth-generation iPad on October 22.