Drained Apple inventory hints at new MacBooks and iPad 5, mini 2

A screenshot of Apple’s indirect channel inventory suggests that Tuesday’s big cloak-pull event will indeed reveal new MacBook Pro with Retina display laptops and fifth generation iPads.

Now before anyone starts throwing round too many wild assumptions, it should be noted that since the data comes from one of Apple’s indirect channels – a stream that supports big retailers and resellers, not Apple’s own online and retail stores – the information should be viewed as a rough indication of what the California-based company could be plotting.

Still, viewed as a supplement to existing information, the results are a valuable snapshot of what may be happening in Apple’s wider inventory stocks. The figures suggest that Apple has no plans to restock existing models of the iPad 4 Retina or indeed the MacBook Pro Retina and Mac Pro. So does this mean that the electronics giant has plans to stock something different? Most likely.

In contrast, interestingly the iPad mini is continuing to be stocked with high inventory, suggesting a price drop for the non-Retina display devices in the wake of the new iPad mini 2.

The insight comes alongside an analyst’s claim that Apple’s launch event tomorrow will also witness the release of the iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 – but that neither of these devices will feature TouchID or be treated to a gold finish.

A new report released to investors by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reasons that Apple doesn’t have enough resources to incorporate TouchID into its new tablets with all its efforts being put into producing enough iPhone 5S stocks to keep up with global demand.

His claims contravene the several images of gold iPad 5s and iPad Mini 2s that have leaked onto the Internet of late. Despite shattering some gold-tinged illusions though, Kuo has revealed that the new iPads will feature an upgraded 8-megapixel camera on the rear with the latest 64-bit A7 processers and the M7 chip to boot.

For more information, have a look at our Countdown to 22 October and be sure to check back with ITProPortal tomorrow when we’ll be live-blogging the launch event and bringing you concrete answers to all the questions that have been churned out of the rumour mill.