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Apple to release 13in retina MacBook Pro, tweaked iPads in autumn, says analyst

A slew of new Apple products may be on their way to retailers this autumn, if KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's forecasts are correct.

According to MacRumors, Kuo predicted in a note to investors that a new iPod touch and iPod nano, a tweaked iPad and new iPad Mini, as well as a 13in Retina display MacBook Pro and two updated iMacs will hit shelves around the upcoming iPhone 5 release.

Kuo, who did not respond to a request for comment, predicted the release a 13in Retina MacBook Pro this autumn.

"We think consumers who initially planned to purchase the 13" MacBook Pro and Air will turn to the 13" Retina MacBook Pro instead because it has an attractive panel, its price is similar to MacBook Pro and it has a better balance between power consumption and form factor," Kuo wrote.

The laptop's shipments won't be able to satisfy demand, though, because of panel and assembly yield rate issues. Instead, consumers may turn to other iOS products, leaving MacBook sales a little limp by the end of the year.

The chances of a new iMac debuting in September are slim, Kuo said, but a new model or two may be rolled out later in the month, or in October.

Kuo also tackled the iPhone, which should launch in September, he said. The rumoured iPad Mini should follow shortly thereafter, with sales of 1.8 million units during the third quarter, before taking over the full-sized iPad in the last quarter of the year, shipping more than 13 million units, he predicted.

Kuo also tipped an iPod touch to match the new iPhone.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.