Although a new iPhone didn’t show its face during Apple’s WWDC keynote back in June, the Cupertino company did release a number of new products, including refreshed MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, and Mac Pros; a new “next generation” MacBook Pro, and more. But according to one analyst, the Cupertino company’s fall event will be even bigger, with a new iPhone, a new iPad, and a new Apple TV all on their way.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple’s September/October event will be “crowded” with new products, including one we’ve all been waiting for. That is, of course, the “iPad mini,” a smaller version of Apple’s incredibly popular tablet.
Munster expects the device to ship with 16GB of storage for $299 — $100 more than the 8GB iPod touch — and he predicts Apple will ship a whopping 4-6 million of them this holiday season. By introducing the smaller model, Munster says Apple will “eliminate two of the biggest features for Android tablet makers in price and size.”
This will allow the iPad mini to take 30% of sales from Android tablets, according to Munster. But it won’t just be Android tablet makers who feel the impact; the existing 10-inch iPad is also expected to see a 10% fall in sales as consumers rush to adopt the cheaper, smaller slate.
Accompanying the iPad mini at Apple’s fall event will be a fourth-generation Apple TV, Munster believes. Although it is expected to maintain that $99 price tag, there’s no indication what the new set-top box might bring.
Finally, the event will also see the unveiling of Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone. Again, Munster didn’t reveal what he expected from this particular device, but according to recent reports highlights will include a larger 4-inch display, a thinner form factor, and a new mini dock connector.