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New Shuffle, Intel Macs at MWSF?

updated 03:05 pm EST, Thu January 5, 2006

Analyst MWSF predictions

Investment research firm PiperJaffray today issued some new predictions regarding Apple's highly-anticipated announcements at Macworld Expo next week. Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver a keynote address in San Francisco to Mac fans and the press on Tuesday, January 10th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET. The firm believes Apple will introduce an updated iPod shuffle, an Intel-based Mac mini and iBook, iTunes video content, and a new consumer electronics device. The firm also expects nearly all Macs will be updated with Intel by the end of calendar year 2006 or early 2007.

Updated iPod shuffle

PiperJaffray says it is likely Apple will announce a new iPod shuffle at Macworld. "We believe a new shuffle will have similar capacity to existing shuffles, but a slightly different form factor and potentially a small screen," the firm said. Apple.com indicates that 1GB iPod shuffles are sold out and supply will not be replenished until mid-January. "We believe this is a sign that a new shuffle is coming at Macworld; otherwise Apple would likely have refi lled the channel," said analyst Gene Munster.

Intel Based Mac mini and iBook

Apple has indicated that Intel based Macs will become available in Mid-2006. "We believe there is a good chance that we will see some form of consumer focused Intel based Mac at Macworld, likely an iBook and/or Mac mini," Munster said. PJ also expects nearly all Macs will be updated with Intel by the end of calendar year 2006 or early 2007.

iTunes Video Content

"We would be surprised if Apple does not announce new video content offerings at Macworld," Munster said. "We expect new TV shows and, potentially, feature films will be added to the existing offerings available at iTunes."

New Consumer Electronics Devices

Lastly, the firm said there is a possibility that Apple will introduce some form of new consumer electronics device, continuing on the trend towards being "more of an entertainment/media technology company," not just a computer company. "We see a move into more consumer electronics products as interesting, but not critical for Apple's continued growth," Munster said.




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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    sky is blue

    "Analysts predict that the sky may be blue next Tuesday preceded by a period of diminished visibility known to some as night!"

  1. tomodachi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yonah in iBook?

    You know, I'm starting to wonder about this iBook/intel rumour. Acer just announced a laptop based on Yonah and it looks impressive, and kick-a**. Would Apple throw in a Yonah into an iBook and not the PB at this time? That would KILL PB sales for the foreseeable future (i.e., till they announce their intel Powerbook).

    I'm feeling now that if they're going to pick one line to put the Yonah in, it would be the Powerbooks and not the iBook. They could, of course, announce both PB and iBook based on intel.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: quality of writing

    There's nothing wrong there. Steve jobs is develier then most CEOs. And he's going to be that when he keynotes.

  1. jackie treehorn

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who invited Nostradamus?

    Do these PiperJaffray people want to add any other predicitions. Maybe they think if they create a long enough list of predictions they will hit on one of them.

    ...They won't be making any Parlay bets for me anytime soon.

  1. Senbei

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: yonah in ibook?

    At least to me, all the G4 based product lines are likely to go Intel first and will probably be announced simultaneously. It might seem unfathomable to many for Apple to refresh several major product lines at the same time but in this case, the possibility exists given the G4 based systems are long in the tooth. I would guess iBook (and mini) would be single core while the Power Books dual.

    I would also hazard to guess the laptops would get first priority due to their margins but also to remaining competitive with Wintel laptop (that will be using Yonah) offerings while the mini's release probably has more leeway.

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