Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said on stage 2014 would be the year of action for the company and 2013 would not have any really exciting product announcements, save the ones we can already predict as they are yearly revamps. The iWatch, larger iPhone, Mac Pro and more is expected next year, exciting times.
Two changes to the current lineup next year may be the iPad 6 and the MacBook Air, both will have big upgrades on the resolution side, to compliment the growing threat of Android tablets and Windows 8 notebooks with higher resolution displays.
The first report on the iPad 6 comes from KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes Apple will not change the size of the iPad or add a larger 12.7-inch display, but will increase the pixel density by 30-40 percent, giving the iPad 6 a resolution around the 400 PPI mark.
This is really impressive, considering the iPad 4 already has a solid resolution of 2048×1536. There are tablets out there beating this resolution, but it is only by a whisker and we still believe the Retina Display is one of the best on the market for clarity.
Apple will also add new internals to the iPad 6, as they always do to every new iPad. This year it will probably match the internals of the iPhone 5S and next year we may see more optimisation for the enterprise.
Apple will also add a better display on the MacBook Air in 2014, with a 2304×1440 resolution panel to fit the 12-inch screen. The MacBook Air has sometimes been in the shadow of the MacBook Pro, but this may be the time to shine.
The company will also had new Haswell processors to the MacBook Air as expected. We believe Apple may announce the MacBook Air this month alongside the new MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro.
Apple’s 2014 Products
Other than the two already mentioned, Apple does have an exciting part in 2014 if rumors are correct. To start with, we are expecting to see a 4.8-inch iPhone 6, alongside a 4-inch model and the iPhone 6C.
We are also expecting to see the iPad Mini with colors if we do not see it this year. The Mac Pro, if not announced at the iPad event on October 22, should also be coming next year, along with a possible redesigned iMac.
Then there is the iWatch, the big product launch set to make or break Apple in terms of innovation under Tim Cook. Apple is apparently testing different flexible OLED screens under Jony Ive’s supervision.