updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu July 12, 2007
New iMacs, MacBooks
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is reporting that there is an 80% likelihood of redesigned iMacs this Summer, an ultra-portable MacBook Pro model will soon debut, and iPods with OS X are on tap. Munster also commented on iPhone availability. The analyst's report says that by the 5th of July, only 1% of Apple's 165 US retail stores had iPhones available. Stores have been receiving regular shipments of iPhones, and as of July 10 availability levels have stabilized around 50%. Munster also notes that based on Apple's product roadmap and the fact that the iMac has not been updated in 309 days (vs. a product average of 168 days), redesigned iMacs will likely debut this summer. Meanwhile, Munster sees the possible debut of an ultra-portable MacBook Pro as a means for making inroads in Asia, where its Mac sales have lagged global averages. Finally, Munster is the latest analyst to state that Apple will put OS X on iPods at some point this year or early next year. The analyst maintains an outperform rating on shares of AAPL. Munster predicted new iMacs and MacBooks before, saying they would debut at this year's WWWDC, where no new Mac models were introduced.