KGI Securities Analyst Ming Chi Kuo, in a new research report, lays down the specifics of Apple’s product launch timeline for the remaining portion of 2012, with an expected 8 new products expected to see the light of the day by the end of this year.
Kuo characterises Apple’s estimated launch timeline as unusually crowded, with a number of products expected to be released in September and October. These include the next gen iPhone, the iPad mini, an updated iPod touch and refreshes to the Mac line of products.
Kuo expects Apple to expand the Retina display to the 13 inch MacBook Pro, and also update the long-ignored 21.5 inch iMac by the end of September. An updated 27 inch iMac would follow in October, according to his report.
The new iPhone announcement, according to Kuo, would be accompanied with the launch of an updated iPod touch with similar features, the most notable of which would of course be the larger 4 inch screen. The two devices are expected to be announced at an Apple event on the 12th of this month.
The iPad mini, he says, would be unveiled in October along with a tweaked third generation iPad and a new iPod nano with Wi-Fi capabilities.
The report further elaborates on supply side issues that could have lead to delays, resulting in an extremely crowded new or updated product lineup for the holiday season, which isn’t all that bad for Apple.
Contrary to earlier reports, Kuo says that Apple isn’t having major issues with the in-cell displays rumored to be a part of the new iPhone. Instead the bottleneck could be assembly of the device. There could however be constrained supply of the iPod touch, with the device being given lower priority than the iPhone for shared components, specifically, the in-cell display.
On the iPad mini front, from MacRumors report on Kuo’s research note:
Apple’s work on the iPad mini has reportedly been slowed by the adoption of a thinner and lighter “GF Ditto” touch structure. Apple is said to be the first company in the world to commercialize and mass produce the technology, but equipment transitions and yield issues have reportdly forced Apple into its October launch for the device.
Kuo also included the following chart, visually representing the expected launch timeline of Apple products:
Do you think 8 products in a span of a couple of months is too much for the average consumer to handle? For comparison, Samsung unveiled 7 products in just one day at its IFA 2012 keynote.