SLIDESHOW: Apple's Unconfirmed 2013 Product Release Schedule
It has been more than nine months since Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) released its last entirely new product.
The company did recently upgrade the MacBook Air to include Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC) new Haswell processors, which have greatly improved the notebook's battery life.
Thus far, Apple TV, iPad 5, iPad Mini 2 and iPhone 5S are nowhere to be found. There are rumors about them, but they have yet to be released.
When can consumers finally expect to see these and other hot Apple products show up on store shelves? Click through the slideshow to find out.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ
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Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) might be only days away from releasing the next MacBook Pro.
Best Buy is currently selling the MacBook Pro for $200 less than the MSRP. College students get an extra $100 off the price tag.
The promo ends on Saturday, July 27. The new notebooks could be released any day after that.
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iPad Mini 2
While the second-generation iPad Mini has had many rumored release dates, the latest (and most accurate) report indicates that it will arrive in October.
Conflicting reports argue the merits of a Retina Display inclusion.
Considering the fact that it is already a staple of the four-inch iPod Touch (which is much smaller), it is almost unfathomable to think that the iPad Mini 2 won't receive an upgrade display.
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This is another iDevice that has been shuffled through the rumor mill, with some reports arguing that it could ship as soon as August.
If that's true, the device may not ship until December.
Other, more sensible release date rumors indicate that the next iPhone will ship in September, just like its predecessor.
Note: the iPhone 5 was not released in China and until December 2012, which could be why rumors coming out of China suggest that the next iteration will not arrive until then.
Even if that's true, Apple could still bring it to the United States much sooner.
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Much like the iPad Mini 2, it now appears that the iPad 5 will ship in October 2013.
This will allow Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) to follow its one-upgrade-a-year rule (which was only broken by the iPad 4 in 2012).
It will also prevent release date separation between the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2, which could divide customers and cause some to postpone their purchases.
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When will Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) release the next-generation Apple TV?
No one seems to know. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) may be convinced that Apple is adding apps (most notably video games) to the next iteration, but it has no idea when it will be released.
The big Apple TV-related rumor -- which indicates that Apple will eliminate commercials -- makes no mention of a release date.
If games are a part of the package, Apple could be planning to save the next Apple TV upgrade for November -- the same month in which the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be released.
Apple TV may pale in comparison to those machines, but at $99, it's also a lot cheaper.
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The newly designed professional computer will go on sale "later this year."
As of this writing, Apple has yet to establish the parameter for "later," causing many to wonder if a December release is the best consumers can hope for.
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