Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Guessing Apple's newest products

With CES and MacWorld around the corner in January, it's that time of year again to start wildly hypothesizing about what will Apple introduce next. CNN/Money polls some Apple watchers on their thoughts and in addition to the growing rumors of Intel-based Macs, Steve Lidberg at Pacific Crest Securities thought Apple would "announce new versions of the iPod Shuffle" instead of re-stocking the sold-out 1 GB Shuffle in January.

On the content side of the house, Lidberg said, "I don't know why you would see hesitancy on the part of content providers given the initial success" of video sales via the iTunes music store. "An expanded relationship with Disney as well as NBC would make a lot of sense also," he said.

Lidberg wasn't as bullish on the possibility of an Apple iPhone. He noted it "might make sense for Apple to start" a MVNO, it "probably will not happen for at least 12-18 months."