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Apple to debut new MacBook, budget iMac in 2014 says analyst

Apple may release an ultra-slim, 12-inch MacBook with Retina display and a budget iMac to help bolster sales, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo

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Apple could release a new MacBook model and budget iMac in 2014, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo, who has a strong track record of predicting Apple’s future product releases, made the claims in a new research note on Saturday.

On the new MacBook, Kuo claims Apple will release a 12-inch model which features a slimmer form-factor than the current MacBook Air, a Retina display and lower price than the current Retina MacBook Pro models:

“We expect the unprecedented 12” model will boast both the portability of the 11” model, and productivity of the 13” model. The high resolution display will also offer the outstanding visual experience of the Retina MacBook Pro. The offering will likely be lighter and slimmer than the existing MacBook Air.”

The claim goes alongside a report by NPD DisplaySearch who suggested that Apple would release a 12-inch MacBook with a 2,304 x 1,440 display earlier on in the week.

Kuo expects the new MacBook model to “redefine laptop computing once again following the milestone created by the MacBook Air,” although we’re unlikely to see it in the wild until mid-2014.

In a separate prediction, Kuo suggests that Apple will also look to release a more affordable ‘budget’ iMac model in 2014. The prediction comes as shipments for the latest iMac model, released at the end of 2012, were, “fewer-than-expected”.

Kuo says that the model may help Apple boost shipments of the iMac in non–US markets, adding: “We are optimistic that a budget iMac would boost overall iMac shipments to grow 10-20% YoY in 2014.”