When it comes to analysts and Apple-watchers, Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the most accurate sources out there; having covered the Cupertino company in his job at KGI since early 2012.
However, it seems that Kuo is moving on to greener pastures for a job with another firm. Unfortunately for Apple fans, this may mean focusing on non-Apple companies instead.
One of the world’s most famous Apple analysts
News of Kuo’s departure from one of Taiwan’s largest securities firms was shared by the China Times, and then publicized on Twitter by Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman. Kuo was KGI’s best known analyst and carved out a big name for himself, thanks to his Apple reporting.
According to Kuo’s LinkedIn profile, he joined KGI in January 2012. (The profile still reflects his KGI position, which he reportedly finished on Friday.) Prior to this, he worked as an analyst for Concord Securities, another Taiwanese financial firm, and at the hit-and-miss daily Taiwanese IT newspaper Digitimes.
While Kuo is well known, he keeps a low profile and doesn’t do interviews. Very few pictures of him can be found online, with the headshot we’ve used for this story being only one of around three on the internet — even when you search for his name in Chinese.
Over the years, Kuo has broken a large number of stories about Apple products, and has an impeccable reputation with more right than wrong predictions. He clearly has sources with the Apple supply chain, and possibly within Apple itself, too.
Let’s hope he hasn’t left behind Apple reporting altogether, as it will be a poorer place without his efforts!