A new research note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo confirms that Apple (AAPL) plans to release two new iPhones this year with different screen sizes.
Macrumors reports that Kuo, who has been extremely accurate regarding Apple predictions, said the company will release a 4.7 and 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6, with resolutions of 1334 × 750 and 1920 x 1080, which translates to 326 and 401 pixels per inch, respectively. Both models will use Apple’s next-gen A8 system-on-chip along with 1GB of RAM, NFC integration, OIS technology and of course, Touch ID fingerprint security. The analyst also says Apple’s new iPhone will be 10 to 20 percent thinner than the current iPhone 5 and measure between 6.5 -7mm thick.
Kuo said both will be released in the fall. The analyst also predicts Apple will introduce not one but two main iWatch models in 2014, and expects the 1.3-inch and 1.5-inch screen devices, both with flexible, sapphire-covered AMOLED display to include NFC chips as well. According to Kuo, the iWatch will feature deep integration with the iPhone and iPad, giving it instant exposure to their massive user base. He also claimed the device will include wireless charging capability and a “fashionable appearance.”
“Fashion is the name of the game; most expensive model likely priced at several thousand US dollars,” Kuo wrote in his research note. “Referring to the rules of the fashion market, we predict the iWatch casing and band will come in various materials. The most expensive model of the iWatch line will carry a price tag of several thousand US dollars.”
Just like the iPhone models, Apple’s iWatch will reportedly be released late in the third quarter. Kuo believes the much-rumored product “will be the most important product of 2014, outshining even the iPhone 6.”