After a stellar year of releases from tablets to phones, Apple plans to outdo itself for 2013 with possibly five new products slated to debut beginning in March, according to experts.
Analysts Gene Munster and Douglas Clinton from Piper Jaffray told Fortune Apple will likely release a free radio service, an iPad Mini with Retina Display, a new operating system, an updated iPhone 5 and Apple Television in the next 12 months. The pair even predicted the possible release months, which begin in March, extend to the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco in June and end in November.
The analysts said the move to release another myriad of products is purposeful, so the company can “set the stage for bigger changes in the product lineup in 2014 and beyond,” especially since design team leader Sir Jonathan Ive begins the development products years in advance, according to rumors.
The predicted new products list comes after the Cupertino, Calif.-based company released two new tablets, the third-generation iPad with Retina Display and the fourth-generation iPad “4” ; a new notebook, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display in two sizes; and a new phone, the iPhone 5, in one calendar year.
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So what exactly are these predicted products and when could they be released?
1. Apple Radio in March
The analysts said the product releases are likely to begin in March with Apple Radio first on the agenda. Since there have been talks of the radio, dubbed by some as Apple iRadio, since October, Munster and Clinton believe the free radio service will hit iTunes in March. The duo said it will make money from ad revenues and compete against the likes of Pandora, Spotify and Grooveshark.
2. iPad Mini with Retina Display in March
An iPad Mini with Retina Display will likely be paired with the Radio in March after the uber successful sales of the iPad with Retina Display and the iPad Mini. The analysts said combining both the small design of the Mini and the addition with Retina Display is a likely move for the tech giant, since nearly 10 million Minis were sold in 2012 without factoring in the Retina Display’s impact.
3. iOS 7 in June
After a controversial release of iOS 6 – especially from the omission of Google Maps and YouTube -- which angered many users, the analysts said the “pressure is on” for Apple to drop a better operating system in 2013. iOS 7, they predict, will bring a better version of Passbook, amongst other additions and likely debut at the WWDC.
4. iPhone 5S in June or September
Just like the iPhone 4s, Munster and Clinton said the iPhone 5 will come out with its own second generation, dubbed the “iPhone 5S,” this year. The pair said the phone, which could have an improved camera and battery life, will likely be released in June at the WWDC or September.
5. Apple Television in November
The analysts also said Apple will release an actual television, not just the Apple TV, in November ahead of the holiday shopping season. They said the Apple Television or "iTV" could measure between 42” and 55” and cost somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000, well over the prices of competitors like Samsung and Panasonic.
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