At its special media event on Thursday, Apple is expected to release a highly-anticipated 27-inch iMac with Retina quality display that will ship before the end of 2014, as well as a next-generation iPad Air that could see limited initial supply, says one well-informed analyst.
KGI has published a new research note indicating that the 27″ model of the new “Retina iMac” will begin shipping before the end of this year. However, according to the note, a 21-inch version which is currently in development will not be released until the beginning of 2015, probably alongside other products “early 2015″ like the Apple Watch and Photos for Mac.
With regards to the iPad Air 2, KGI says that constrained supplies are likely, with a possible initial shipment of only 7-9 million. Compare that to the original iPad Air, which kicked of sales with 12 million units. The iPad mini is said not be on the list for an update this time year. A 12.9″ iPad is also said to be in development, though no timeline seems to have been set for its release.
The MacBook line is unlikely to see any major revisions this year, KGI says, due to shipping delays at Intel that have prevented the availability of the latest processors. That means no 12″ MacBook Air or upgraded MacBook Pros sometime next year.
Apple is also expected to debut OS X Yosemite on October 16th.
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