Apple’s annual WWDC event is only a matter of days away, and as developers and journalists descend on The Moscone Centre in San Francisco the anticipation of what Tim Cook and his executive will introduce is starting to grow exponentially. If this particular analyst’s predictions ring true then a cheaper iMac as well as an iPhone 5s with 8GB of internal storage could make an appearance during the conference.
The prediction comes from well-known research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, currently on the employment books of KGI Securities. As you might expect from a company of this nature, a lot of research and investigation has gone into trying to find out what will be announced as part of the initial keynote presentation. It’s widely expected that Apple will introduce the next-generation of its iOS mobile operating system, iOS 8, as well as the future of Mac OS X in the form of OS X 10.10. As a pre-cursor to those announcements Kuo believes that a reduction in price on certain hardware will also be key.
The company behind the predictions have previously produced a report that speculated on the future arrival of lower cost iMacs from the Cupertino based company. Kuo is under the informed impression that Apple will be in a position to reduce the cost of the iMac due to savings made as part of the production process. AppleInsider is reporting that improvements around panel lamination with produce great cost-saving yields for Apple, as well as utilizing a number of stock components that are used as part of the production of the MacBook Pro range.
The reasoning behind the introduction of a smaller capacity 8GB iPhone 5s could be two-fold. A lower retail price will obviously be achieved due to the fact that the minimum storage capacity of the device is half than that of the current entry-level option. The move is also being considered as a way for Apple to further penetrate emerging markets with tech-savvy consumers who are looking to interact with premium hardware at an affordable price point. As part of the report, KGI Securities believes there is a very slim outside chance of Apple introducing the mysterious “iWatch”, although we wouldn’t put our money on that one.
But, despite these claims of a 8GB iPhone 5s and a lower cost iMac, Jim Dalrymple from TheLoop has busted the claims with his famous ‘Nope’. But still, it’s best to take the whole report as a pinch of salt, since we’re only a few days away from the grand WWDC event.
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