Wednesday, September 22, 2021
 
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Martin Hennecke

Predictions fly for Apple product launch
 
14/09/2021
 
Karen Ng Apple is set to hold a product launch event tomorrow that will likely be the debut of the iPhone 13 series. The average selling price of the iPhone 13 series may increase due to the larger storage capacity, TFI securities analyst Kuo Ming-Chi predicted. Owing to the United States' ban on Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei as well as the upgrades in hardware and design, shipment of the iPhone 13 this year is expected to be 10 percent higher than that of the iPhone 12. Known for reliable predictions on Apple's future plans and products, Kuo predicted that the iPhone 13, the Apple Watch Series 7 and the AirPods 3 will make their debut at the event. He expects storage capacities for iPhone 13 and iPhone mini to start at 128GB and that the 64GB option will be discontinued in all iPhone models. Up to 1TB of storage may be available for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The selling price of the top iPhone model with 1TB of storage may exceed its iPhone 12 Pro Max predecessor, said the analyst. The earlier model costs HK$11,899 and had a capacity of 512GB which is only half of the rumored storage for the later model. Meanwhile, shipment for the AirPods lineup will record a 10 to 15 percent year-on-year jump in the first quarter of next year, said Kuo, as he predicted Apple will continue to produce AirPods 2 after the release of AirPods 3. For the rumored new Apple Watch, Kuo expects mass production of the product to begin in late September since the previous issue with the manufacturing schedule had "little effect" on the product's release. He believes the supply will improve in October. Kuo added that the Apple Car launch is unlikely to happen until 2025 to 2027 as the specifications are yet to be finalized.
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