When it comes to leaks about upcoming Apple products, Ming-Chi Kuo is said to have a bug in Tim Cook’s office. The KGI Securities analyst has, over the last couple of years, made some prophetic predictions concerning the launch dates, prices, and features of the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Frequently, Kuo is always right on target with his predictions. Now, in the middle of all rumors pointing to a press event in March that Apple is supposed to hold, Kuo confirmed that the tech titan will unveil a couple of new Apple devices during the first half of 2016.
According to Kuo, Apple is set to unveil the much-rumored 4-inch iPhone before the first half of 2016 ends. Pertained to as the Apple iPhone 5se, the smartphone will allegedly be powered by the Apple A8 chipset. Kuo also predicted that the handset will have 2.5D glass similar to what is found in the iPhone 6s, along with a 12MP rear-facing shooter. He also mentioned that the alleged iPhone 5se will not come with a lot of hardware innovation and is not expected to make a killing in the market in terms of sales.
Kuo additionally predicted that the iPad Air 3, Apple’s upcoming flagship table, will also be unveiled during the first half of 2016.In terms of the iPhone 7, Kuo announced that “evolutionary” improvements are being worked on in the handset’s camera resolution, chipset, battery life and more. The analyst however did not mention anything about recent rumors that the upcoming iPhone 7 will not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. There was no comment as well as to whether the handset will be waterproof.
Furthermore, Kuo has dared Apple to announce that 77 million iPhone units were sold during the last quarter of 2015 – which is 2.5 million more than the 74.5 million sold in the in the same quarter of 2015. Kuo, however, mentioned that Apple is expected to experience its first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales during the current quarter. The prediction was backed up with numbers saying that Apple will only sell approximately 43 million iPhone units which is 29% lower that what was sold during the first quarter of 2015.