One of the biggest sources of supply chain-based pre-release Apple hardware information has departed his position of nearly six and a half years. Ming-Chi Kuo, top Apple analyst at KGI Securities, left the company last Friday, April 27th, according to a report by the China Times via Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
KGI is Taiwan’s second-largest securities firm, and is set to mark its 30th year in business later this September. Kuo, who is easily the firm’s most recognizable analyst by name, previously worked at Taiwanese news company Digitimes. Now he appears to be largely moving on from reporting about Apple.
Although Kuo keeps a relatively low personal profile online, his reports have often been the centerpiece of the news cycle for Apple’s biggest and most-anticipated upcoming products. Because of sources deep within the supply chain, Kuo’s reports could often paint an accurate picture of what to expect from the Cupertino-based company’s highly-anticipated product unveilings.
Most recently, Kuo dished the goods on an upcoming 6.1-inch LCD-based iPhone, noting that Apple will be using a stronger display glass which will be more impact resistant and lighter. A previous reported noted that a dual-SIM option may also be in the cards. He has also predicted that the Apple Watch will get a chassis redesign in the fall, with 15% larger display.