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1/25/2016
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iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3: More Details Emerge

Apple reportedly has a new iPhone, iPad, Watch, and MacBook on deck and ready to launch in the months ahead.

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Apple is expected to have a handful of new products slated to reach consumers in the months ahead, including a smaller, less-expensive iPhone and a refreshed tablet, wearable, and line of laptops.

Reports last week said the new smartphone will be called the iPhone 5se. The device is expected to have a 4-inch display, and its design will be similar to that of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5se's potential feature list includes Apple Pay, curved glass chamfers, and improved cameras.

Initial thinking saw the iPhone 5se packing the 2014-era A8/M8 processor chip combo. However, with the A10 processor due in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus this fall, Apple doesn't want the smaller iPhone to be seen as lagging the new iPhone with an older processor. That means the iPhone 5se is more likely to include the A9/M9 processor duo. The A9 processor will allow Siri to listen all the time for the "Hey Siri" voice prompt on the iPhone 5se without being plugged in. 9to5mac also reported that the iPhone 5se will likely replace the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as the low-cost iPhone model once the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus reach the market.

(Image: AleksandarNakic/iStockphoto)

(Image: AleksandarNakic/iStockphoto)

The iPhone 5se may be a welcome addition to Apple's lineup to the phablet-averse, but noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo isn't impressed. KGI revised its fiscal 2016 iPhone shipment forecast downward.

"While the new 4-inch iPhone has been enjoying the media spotlight, we don't regard the product as innovative, either in terms of form factor (similar to iPhone 5s) or hardware specs," said Kuo. "Moreover, considering the replacement impact on price cuts for iPhone 5s, we lower 2016 fiscal shipments of the new 4-inch model from 18 million to 20 million units to 10 million to 12 million units."

That's a hefty drop, signaling a lack of confidence in the smaller iPhone as a turn-around product. KGI also estimates shipments of the entire iPhone line will show drops in the fourth quarter of 2015 and first quarter of 2016, when compared to the year-ago periods, thanks to a slowdown in sales of the newest models.

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The iPad Air 3 and new MacBooks expected to arrive before July have KGI feeling better about Apple's future. "We see MacBook as a stronger candidate for becoming a theme given solid growth in the business segment, as well as a potential upgrade to hit the market," said Kuo.

The iPad Air 3 is believed to be a smaller version of the iPad Pro, which means it may gain support for the Apple Pencil and stereo speakers. The iPad Air 3 may also gain 3D Touch.

There's not much data on the refreshed line of MacBooks, but they are expected to see a new design.

Additionally, this spring will see some new bands made available for the Apple Watch, but a full second-edition wearable isn't slated to arrive until the fall.

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Susan Fourtané
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2/5/2016 | 1:12:53 PM
Re: are new innovation, just enhancements
Thanks for that link, Ashish. Susan
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1/31/2016 | 3:00:41 AM
Re: are new innovation, just enhancements
Ashish, since I am an iPhone user I can tell you there is no better similar device that has convinced me in any way to be superior than the iPhone. I use it as one of work tools and has proven to deliver more than I expected and more than what I knew the device could do. I would not change my iPhone 6 Plus for any other, and will upgrade to iPhone 7 Plus without a second thought. You really need to know the device to see what is worth. One invaluable thing is, again, that Apple devices work. About the Lunar Calendar holiday sales I imagine it's just the same like the crazy Christmas holiday season. You see sales everywhere before, during, and after. We know absolutely all the productors sold are way overpriced. Giving the incentive to a discount on iPhones attract customers who will not only possibly buy an iPhone, but other products as well. It's just a marketing strategy that proves to be effective in any part of the world. Now, it's true that the demand forf iPhones in China is lower than in other parts of the world. Local brands have a real impact in China. It's the same that once happened with Nokia phones in Finland. Back then, no other phone manufacturer sold better than Nokia. -Susan
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1/27/2016 | 2:01:10 PM
Re: are new innovation, just enhancements
Ashish, 

Yes, thanks. I will read today's sales report. 

I have to agree with you. Having to pay the entire cost of the phone certainly affects sales. And trying to get a better slice in the Chinese and Indian market certainly means lowering prices. 

-Susan 
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1/27/2016 | 6:40:54 AM
Re: are new innovation, just enhancements
Ashish, also, a smaller iPhone doesn't mean that Apple is not a premium brand anymore. It only means that there are people who prefer a smaller phone and for them. Another thing is that always the sales of the S models are lower than the previous generation. This will change again with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus later this year. -Susan
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1/27/2016 | 6:06:24 AM
Re: are new innovation, just enhancements
Mejiac, I believe people sometimes demand more than what they can really absorb. This is the case with technology and devices. Most people never have the time to try, or even know about the existence of many features their iPhone and iPad have, for instance. Many who complain about "lack of innovation" don't even have an iPhone or iPad. They just go following the crowd. I would like to know if there is one single person who knows every single aspect of the latest iPhone. Here my point is this: Is there a real point for developers and electronics manufacturers to rush when what they have just launched a year ago has not been used yet, or not at full capacity? What are people complaining about and why? And Yes, you are right, many people who upgrade is just for the sake of upgrading. You are also right in what you say about the Apple Watch. The innovation comes in upgrading features, making this better and faster, not in provide a new one. That is what many people don't understand. -Susan
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1/27/2016 | 5:42:49 AM
Re: are new innovation, just enhancements
Ashish, you didn't get my point. :( All the innovation discussion started connected to devices. I said pretty much there is nothing to be invented at the moment, and I was referring to creating a new device. Innovation now goes through improving the existing devices. Here, I Apple is doing very well. At least, I am happy with all the new features, adds, and improvements in both iOS, OS X, MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads. I have always said that only when are working with Apple products you truly see what they can do. There is no way of being able to know everything about them unless you live with them on a daily basis. Apple still is a premium brand. And again, how many times have you heard rumors about things that never reach the market? So again, not to fast with assumptions. :) -Susan
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1/26/2016 | 9:50:59 AM
Re: are new innovation, just enhancements
Ashish, not too fast. :) I was not referring to Apple. I am more saying that in general there is too little, or nothing at this moment that can be invented. I think you have to revise and correct that sentence that you seem to be quoting me because That's not what I said. People demand innovation when there is little that can be done when new materials and other technologies are currently under development. Apple has said countless times that the company is about quality products. I one made a paralellism with the automotive industry, remember? -Susan
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1/26/2016 | 8:46:45 AM
Re: are new innovation, just enhancements
Pedro, 

There is not too much left to be invented for now. To create a new productor there are technologies and materials that need to evolve first. Everyone's products are enhancements of previous product generations. 

Do you have an idea of a new product in mind? 

-Susan

 
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