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Will we see an iWatch?
The rumor mill has been spinning for months on a potential iWatch product, a wristwatch like device that might resemble an alternative to those who don't want to be dogged with Google Glass.
Expected to be a similar size and shape to the fifth generation iPod nano, it could be on the cards for WWDC 2013 — should the technology be ready. It's even spurred on almost every other major mobile maker to announce in some way, shape or form that they are developing a smart watch device. While apps are unlikely to be included and little for developers to play with — perhaps more a hardware accessory opportunity — health sensors and Siri-like services could be on the cards.
Emerging market iPhone?
The rumor mill suggests that Apple is readying a budget iPhone for the emerging market. We're not expecting to see a new iPhone for the U.K., Australia, Asia and Europe for the next few months — September or October is more likely.
Apple will likely not want to degrade design aesthetic or make a sub-par quality product. It's likely that if it can make a cellular device that keeps in tune with its overall design merits while cutting down the cost of the device itself, Apple could ship vast amounts of cheaper iPhones, albeit with a lower profit margin, with potentially a greater reward.
Apple's regular iPhones for the Western markets are typically announced during the third-quarter of the year. While iOS 7 will be announced at WWDC 2013, do not expect an iPhone or iPad to make an appearance at the conference.
Considering iPhone 5 sales have not been as strong as previous iterations of the smartphone, according to analysts, iOS 7 will likely be pitched at iPhone 5 users in order to encourage sales.
New MacBook Pro, MacBook Air with Intel "Haswell" processor
WWDC is typically a software-focused event. Though the software has to run on something, it's not likely that any substantial hardware-related products will be announced until later this year.
From Apple's Q2 earnings call, chief executive Tim Cook said that the company will launch new products during the third quarter, but hinted that most of the release cycle will in fact fall in 2014. This suggests the "next big thing" — whether it's an Apple branded television, or more likely a watch — will be on the cards for next year, with minor existing hardware iterations coming later this year.
According to KDI Securities analyst Ming-Chu Kuo, who has previously accurately predicted a number of hardware releases ahead of time, such hardware tweaks may include Intel-based next-generation "Haswell" processors in Apple's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air range. These will be upgrades to existing systems rather than any substantial design change.