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Analyst looks at top 10 Apple rumors

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Thu July 6, 2006

Top 10 Apple rumors

Apple's stock has suffered a setback after recent news coverage on the lawsuits over the possible mishandling of stock option grants between 1997 and 2001. The Cupertino-based company also faced criticisms following rumors alleging that new iPods were delayed. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster last week released a report to clients that examined and categorized the top ten Apple-related rumors, saying that Apple is "almost certain" to release Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard," which is slated for official introduction at the WWDC keynote speech to be held by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The new operating system is "almost as certain," with shipment expected in late 2006 or early 2007 (in time to compete with Microsoft's Vista operating system release). Munster also believes that Apple will likely offer a replacement for the Power Mac G5 -- which is rumored to be called the 'Mac Pro' based on recent filings -- at the company's annual WWDC developer conference in August.

Rumors of an iTunes Movie Store that would provide feature-length movies for downloads was edged out of "almost certain" with a score of nine by Munster, despite reports that suggest the industry is worried about dominating Apple influence. Munster is equally as certain about a possible Apple-branded iPod-based phone following recent trademark filings; the analyst believes Apple will inevitably explore the possibilities of iPod and mobile phone integration, but that the timing was up in the air.

The firm also says that a VOIP-enabled iChat 4.0 will probably be released with Mac OX 10.5 Leopard, in addition to a media hub that would stream video and audio content to a TV or home theater system.

Less likely are rumors of iTunes taking to skies with a service offered in airplanes suggested that Apple is in talks with providers of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to offer air travelers iTunes-branded audio content during their flights, but said that such a deal is likely a "stretch."

Rumors of an ultra-portable tablet computer with NAND-flash for improved boot-time were also called labeled unlikely despite patent filings for a Gestural User Interface by Apple.

The incorporation of advertisements into the iTunes Music Store is highly unlikely, according to Munster, because Apple would not "taint" iTunes with advertising.

The firm holds an "outperform" rating on Apple shares with a price target of $99.




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  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Take it private..

    Enough is enough. If there is any way to take Apple private it should be done. s**** the analysts. s**** the paranoid, schizophrenic, cowards they call investors.

    TAKE APPLE PRIVATE and be done with this c***.

  1. davedawgnyc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    HOLY KRAP!!!

    There's going to be a replacement for the G5?!?!?!

    And a new version of OSX within 2 years?!?!?!

    OMIGOD!!! SOMEBODY PAY THAT MAN!!!

    >venomous sarcasm

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re:Take it private..

    Yea, o.k. Apple really has the money to dissolve their stock and give the money back to their investors, and still have more than enough cash on hand.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Like I said over and over

    Apple's biggest problem is that its plagued by the DUMBEST and I mean DUMBEST type of investor known to man.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Take it private?

    Apple already has enough cash (or cash equivalents) on hand to not be impacted by fluctuations in its stock price. How would it be "better" if the company was private?

    The "dumb" investors buying high and selling low just make it easier for the "smart" investors to accumulate more shares. What's wrong with that...?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What's wrong?

    Enough is enough. If there is any way to take Apple private it should be done. s**** the analysts. s**** the paranoid, schizophrenic, cowards they call investors.

    TAKE APPLE PRIVATE and be done with this c***.


    Right, because investors should just invest in companies without any type of analysis. Just pick them out of a hat. Or just listen to macheads who know that apple is great and the stock is the best buy in the world! Should they buy because of rumors of iTunes everywhere? Or Apple coming out with a set-top box/DVR?

    Take it from a pro! Investing in companies just because you read something about them just leads to lots of captial loss write-offs on your tax returns....

    There's going to be a replacement for the G5?!?!?!

    And a new version of OSX within 2 years?!?!?!

    OMIGOD!!! SOMEBODY PAY THAT MAN!!!


    The guy's analyzing the current crop of rumors and trying to categorize what's likely within the next year (and he says its 6-9 mothns for OS X, not 2 years, idiot).

    So what's the problem? There's lots of rumors that jarod's so-called idiot investors are possibly listening to, and he's trying to filter the likely from the c***.

    Apple's biggest problem is that its plagued by the DUMBEST and I mean DUMBEST type of investor known to man.

    Hey, jarod, does that include everyone? Or just everyone but you and me? But on the bright side, if Apple goes private like d***-head above wants, then we wouldn't have to worry about their investors.

    Or are you talking about the analyst? Which would be odd, since his firm is one of the few that is saying the stock is going to go up.

    (Like making it go private would, in any shape or form, cut the speculation or rumor-mongering).

  1. GeeYouEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Price target of $99?

    Damn... if that's even close to accurate, and in the fairly recent past, Apple's done better than anticipated... this might be a good time to buy.

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