Apple has had a great year in 2014. The famous tech company has released some extremely successful products and the company actually managed to launch its first smartwatch. However, the most successful release for Apple in years has actually been the newest generation iPhones: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
With these two new devices Apple made an important change in design, but a change that smartphone users from all over the world expected. Addressing a whole new category of customers, Apple managed to achieve some spectacular sales. And it seems that sales will grow even more spectacularly for the holiday season.
So, a new research has revealed that Apple is predicted to ship more than 71 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2014, but fewer than 50 million in the first quarter of 2015. A series of predictions have been made now by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo regarding the future of Apple. According to the famous analyst, next year Apple will actually discontinue its iPhone 5c and 4s. These two Apple products are currently sold on emerging markets and they are actually enjoying a great success.
Kuo says that Apple will most likely discontinue these two products to be able to focus more on larger screen iPhones, which seem to be better preferred by customers. Moreover, Kuo claimed that Apple iPad Pro will most likely not be revealed in the first quarter of 2015. However, Kuo predicted that the sales of iPad products will see a decline next year.
The tablet market has already started to face a series of challenges, so Apple must add to its devices something impressive next year, to be able to still achieve success on this market. According to Kuo, the entire tablet market has actually experienced a saturation and slow evolution, due to the lack of new features and applications.
If Kuo’s predictions will turn out being true or not is something we will only find out next year. However, 2015 will definitely come with new challenges for Apple to be able to stay successful on the market and remain on top in users’ preferences.