Ming-Chi Kuo May Lessen Focus on Apple Following Reported Departure From KGI Securities

Ming-Chi Kuo, widely considered to be one of the best analysts covering Apple, might no longer focus his research on the iPhone maker.

Kuo speaking on behalf of DigiTimes

China Times reports that Kuo resigned from Taiwanese research firm KGI Securities on Friday and, while his next move is uncertain, the publication suggests he will focus less on Apple and more on other emerging industries.

Kuo has been one of the most prolific sources of rumors about Apple's unreleased products and services since as early as 2010, when he was a senior analyst at industry publication DigiTimes. He briefly covered Apple for Concord Securities in 2011, before moving to KGI Securities in early 2012.

Kuo's research notes typically relayed information gathered from Apple's supply chain partners in Taiwan and other Asian countries. This information frequently allowed Kuo to accurately predict upcoming products on Apple's roadmap, although specific details and release dates were occasionally inaccurate.

While he doesn't have a perfect track record, our archive of Kuo's research notes reveals several high-profile rumors that proved to be accurate. In March 2016, nearly two years prior to the iPhone X, for example, he said Apple was developing a new iPhone with a 5.8-inch OLED display, glass back, and metal frame.

Later in 2016, he shared a laundry list of predictions about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, including the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack, a new glossy Jet Black color option, stereo speakers, and improved water resistance.

Kuo also accurately forecasted the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Apple Watch Series 2 with GPS, iPhone SE, Apple Pencil, 12-inch MacBook, MacBook Pro models with a Touch Bar and Touch ID, and the MacBook Pro with Retina display. In between, he's shared tidbits like an iPod touch refresh with new colors and white front bezels.

While speculation has mounted about whether Apple had anything to do with Kuo's decision to step down, given the company's culture of secrecy, it is believed that his departure was a move planned several months ago.

Kuo has yet to publicly comment on the report, and it's possible he may continue to cover Apple to at least some extent in the future.

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23 months ago
There goes half the rumors.
Rating: 67 Votes
23 months ago
What are MacRumors gonna do now? Where will they get the articles from?
Rating: 30 Votes
23 months ago

The best part of this news is that now maybe the MacRumors admins will stop groveling all over this dude. Yeesh.

Yeah, why would we want MacRUMORS to post rumors pertaining to Apple...
Rating: 25 Votes
23 months ago
Tim Cook paid him off to leave (doubling down).

Sweet. I’ll get to be surprised by products announcement events again!
Rating: 20 Votes
23 months ago
The best part of this news is that now maybe the MacRumors admins will stop groveling all over this dude. Yeesh.
Rating: 17 Votes
23 months ago
All jokes aside, I wish him well in his new journey.
Rating: 15 Votes
23 months ago

End of an era.

...End of MacRumors.

Seriously, this guy is a prophet when it comes to Apple rumours and much of the rumours we've seen over the years from him have been pretty accurate.
Rating: 13 Votes
23 months ago

Well, technically, if he was 'one of the best', then one of the 'not one of the best' just took his place. :)

False. If he was “the best,” then he’ll be replaced by “not the best.” However, I’d he was “one of the best,” he may be replaced by “another one of the best.”
Rating: 9 Votes
23 months ago
This is a HUGE loss for the rumors community.

Keep in mind this is the guy who revealed the exact display resolution, battery capacity, and switch to Face ID for iPhone X more than a year before it was released. Remember how everyone was swearing Apple would never drop in-display Touch ID?

Everyone’s talking about the 6.1” iPhone and Kuo’s the one who started the leak. There are countless times he was correct. Yes, he made some inaccurate predictions like the Blush Gold colored iPhone X but those aren’t significant.

Guys like Mark Gurman simply won’t be able to replace Kuo’s rumors. Nobody trusts a white guy when the entire supply chain is Asian.
Rating: 9 Votes
23 months ago
So rumor sites won’t be posting his guesses any more? Yea!
Rating: 8 Votes

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