KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to release a new sixth-generation iPad in 2014 with 30-40% higher pixel density than seen in both the current iPad and the upcoming full-sized iPad.
Contrary to speculation that next year’s iPad next year may come in a 12” form, or larger, we think it will not change from the current 9.7” format as we think a 12” iPad would not provide a good mobility experience given today’s technology limitations.
In light [of] advancing Oxide and a-Si technologies, the PPI 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.
In his research note, Kuo also says that the third-generation iPad mini will be expected to launch along the sixth-generation full size iPad in 2014. Kuo believes that the second-generation iPad will launch with a Retina display and the third-generation iPad mini would keep the same display as the second-generation.
The second-generation iPad mini is expected to launch along the fifth-generation iPad at Apple’s media event, during an event later this month. Apple is also expected to showcase OS X Mavericks along with a refresh of its MacBook lineup and possibly the new Mac Pro.