While Apple is expected to release its third fiscal quarter report today, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has sent out his predictions to his clients. MacRumors reports that Kuo expects the company to launch a new rose gold Apple Watch Sport variant, a faster and thinner iPad and new iMacs along with the new iPhones before the end of this year.
Kuo says that Apple might give Watch sales a boost by launching a cheaper gold variant. It won’t be made out of gold, but an anodized body in yellow and rose gold colors. He predicts shipments to rise 41 percent to 5.5 million for the three months ending in September, and touching 15 million Apple Watches by the end of the year.
Apple is also expected to launch a faster, thinner and lighter iPad mini, which will boost sales, but the overall shipments will decline 28.3 percent year-over-year. Furthermore, Kuo hints that Apple will also release new iMacs later this year.
While all eyes are on Apple launching new iPhones this year, Kuo says that iPhone shipments this quarter will fall 26 percent in comparison with the last quarter. He expects the next quarter to ship about 40.1 million units, and blames it on the slow start of the iPhone 6s shipments that will commence in September. He attributes the slow start to the low yield of ‘Force Touch sensors’.
In the last quarter ending June, Kuo expects Apple to announce that it shipped 54.2 million iPhones, 8.8 million iPads, and 3.9 million Apple Watches.