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Analyst expects FaceTime for iPod touch, new MacBook Air

updated 06:20 pm EDT, Wed August 25, 2010

Air refresh still seen as "wild card"

Analysts have quickly placed bets on the products likely to be launched at Apple's September media event. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster echos ongoing rumors that the company will introduce a new iPod touch with two cameras, enabling FaceTime calls.

The analyst also believes an updated version of iTunes and Apple TV will be highlighted at the event. Each product is said to take advantage of a new cloud-based service, which will be powered in part by the massive data center in North Carolina.

""The company has indicated that the data center is on track to be completed by the end of CY10 and it will begin using it then," Munster wrote in a note distributed to clients. "We believe an announcement at the Sept. event is likely, but the service may not begin until late in CY10."

Aside from the iPod and Apple TV refreshes, Munster believes the company may also be readying a new MacBook Air. Others view such an introduction as unlikely at the September event, however, and even Munster labels it as a "wildcard possibility." [via WSJ]




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    That data center cloud storage in conjunction with

    the new iTunes and the slew of iOS devices will practically crush the competition. Those Android tablets won't stand a chance.

  1. byRyan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    vegas

    "Analysts have quickly placed bets"

    really? I wonder what kind of odds vegas is giving them? I want to place a bet too... I am going for 'New iPod touch that has a big hole where the camera should be because they inexplicably pulled it at the last minute'

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    FaceTime for Mac OS X

    Since FaceTime is software, there's no reason why Apple couldn't include it with Mac OS X.

    It's a logical next step.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    re: vegas

    "Analysts have quickly placed bets"

    really? I wonder what kind of odds vegas is giving them? I want to place a bet too... I am going for 'New iPod touch that has a big hole where the camera should be because they inexplicably pulled it at the last minute'


    They're analysts. So their bets are in buying/selling the stock. (Or didn't you realize that the stock market was the largest casino in the world?).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: That data center cloud storage

    That data center cloud storage in conjunction with the new iTunes and the slew of iOS devices will practically crush the competition. Those Android tablets won't stand a chance.

    Well, Android won't stand a chance with the Apple faithful who'll line up to buy whatever service Apple decides to offer. But most people will probably go "Wait, that's all on my computer. Why exactly do I need to put it all on the cloud so I can watch it on my device?"

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: FaceTime for Mac OS X


    It's a logical next step.


    Technically, the logical first step would have been Apple porting iChat to the iPhone. Then extend that to tie to Phone numbers vice emails/accounts.

    And FaceTime is pretty useless as it is, since one needs (a) an iPhone 4, (b) someone to call who also has an iPhone 4, and (c) access to a wifi connection.

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