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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.
New Mac Pro due soon; perhaps a WWDC debut?
Apple chief executive Tim Cook told one Mac Pro user that as it still considers its tower box-using customers as "really important" to Apple,
This email, verified by Macworld, was sent in June 2012. This was around the time of WWDC 2012 last year. Cook added he should not worry as, "we're working on something really great for later next year."
Sister site CNET reported in April that the new Mac Pro may be ready by April, but there was no such announcement. Perhaps Apple was waiting for the new Intel "Haswell" chips to be finalized? If so, a new Mac Pro tower box could be on the cards for WWDC 2013.
Unfortunately, European customers will not benefit as Apple opted to stop selling the tower boxes in the 27 member-state bloc in March after the European Union passed a new stringent electrical regulations law.