updated 01:05 pm EST, Wed February 22, 2006
New Apple products
Analysts have begun to speculate about what "fun" products may be introduced by Apple during its forthcoming special event in Cupertino on February 28th. Analyst Shaw Wu of American Technology Research believes that Apple will announce a new wide-screen consumer notebook and an entry-level Mac mini, both of which will include a remote control and Front Row software. "We believe Apple will take the opportunity to round out its Intel Mac portfolio 6-9 months ahead of plan," the analyst said. Wu also expects the much anticipated native versions of Apple's Pro applications--Universal Binary versions of Aperture, Final Cut Pro, and Motion, which are expected to ship in March. According to his report, he also says there is a "greater than 50 percent chance" that Apple will announce its first full-length feature film available on iTunes, as well as the announcement that iTunes has received more than 1 billion downloads.
With regards to rumors of a new video iPod, Wu says that "while we believe a widescreen vPod has been under development, we do not believe it is the right time to release it.
"Keep in mind the current vPod has only been out since October and continues to be a top seller, the least seasonally impacted out of the iPod family. Areas we would like to see the vPod improve on are its video battery life and more robust TV connectivity." However, Apple discontinued the extremely popular iPod mini in favor of the iPod nano last September.
Wu also mentioned that Steve Jobs may, of course, make a surprise announcement "that no one anticipated. We will not attempt to guess what it is and let Steve surprise us."
The firm reiterated its "buy" rating for Apple's stock (AAPL), leaving the target price at $101.