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Piper: Ultraportable Mac a distant prospect

updated 09:30 am EDT, Tue August 12, 2008

Piper details Sept. rumors

People should not expect to see a new ultraportable Mac in September, or possibly even during 2009, say analysts with Piper Jaffray. While some groups have predicted an announcement during September -- when Apple normally introduces new hardware -- and others have suggested a delay until early 2009, Piper argues that the release of a new ultraportable is "more likely a 2010 event." The firm in fact argues that the closest Apple may come to such a system in the near future is a revised version of the MacBook Air for 2009, designed to be even smaller than it is currently.

Piper concurs with other analysts in the area of touch technology, as it expects multi-touch to proliferate through Apple's notebooks, with the possibility of trackpads disappearing in favor of genuine touchscreens.

In terms of September, Piper once again affirms its prediction that the MacBook could drop in price to as low as $999, with redesigned features such as an aluminum body and an upgraded keyboard. The price of the iPod touch could slide to $199 in order to compete with the iPhone 3G, but it is unknown if capacity will change, or if the Touch will be redesigned to match the new iPhone.

Finally, Piper suggests that Shuffles and Nanos may see some sort of capacity upgrade, though they are otherwise unlikely to be changed.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Well then,

    that's not very exciting, Piper!!
    Like, Captain James T. Bringdown of the Starship BumOut, man...

    Comment buried. Show
  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    The pipe is filled with..

    Mary Jane.

    I don't know what they are smoking.

    The ATA-interface MacBook Air is already a dead product.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    funny...

    when the prices creep up $100-$200 nobody says a damned thing. But when they start to drop back down to what they were a couple of years ago, all of a sudden it's a big deal.

    The MacBooks have been $999 before this is not a new thing folks.

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Laughable

    These analysts are a joke. I could have made that up myself. So here's something I did make up and pull out of thin air, just as they did:

    "Don't expect to be able to buy an Apple Mac computer for under $10 any time soon"

    While im here.. I also laughed at this:

    "The price of the iPod touch could slide to $199 in order to compete with the iPhone 3G,"

    Now then, why would Apple make any product to compete with.. One of their own products?? A more expensive product at that. That would be doing themselves out of business.

    I wish the Macnn kiddy journo's would think before posting this kind of c*** as news.

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