Analyst: Best Buy to stock Apple Mac mini, Tiger likely due by end of April

“Apple Computer, Inc. will soon begin selling its low-cost Mac mini computers through the nation’s largest consumer electronics chain, Merrill Lynch said on Monday,” Kasper Jade and Katie Marsal report for AppleInsider. “In a research note released to clients, analyst Steve Milunovich said, ‘It appears that Best Buy is near ready to sell the Mac Mini. […] Last week one Best Buy showed us Mac mini accessories; Mac minis are coming later.'”

Jade and Marsal report, “The analyst speculates that Apple may have delayed the Best Buy roll-out until Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger could be pre-loaded on each of the minis that will be sold through the retailer. ‘Buyers would not be pleased if they had to plunk down an extra $129 after their $499 Mac mini purchase,’ Milunovich said. He added that Tiger is close to shipping and will likely arrive by the end of April and in time to benefit Apple’s third quarter earnings. Merrill Lynch believes the presence of Mac mini at Best Buy, along with the iPod, will help provide evidence of the halo effect — positive experiences with their iPods turning into new Mac sales. ‘Although we see plenty of anecdotal evidence of Mac sales benefiting from iPod success, the numbers will tell the tale,’ said Milunovich, who expects to see a consistent 15-20% year-over-year Mac revenue growth.”

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33 Comments

  1. EU bans sale of Apple Macs

    http://www.digitmag.co.uk/news/index.cfm?NewsID=4799

    Directive EU01042005, which was passed during a late-night session in Brussels, will be adopted by all member countries on January 1, 2006, and prohibits the “sale, use, resale, leasing, and hire” of Apple Macs due to their lack of full compatibility with Windows computers, and the fact that no-one in the EU parliment can get a decent expenses package to wwork on them. The directive reckons that Apple’s “lack of floppy disk drive” is discriminatory to EU residents, and that the Apple logo doesn’t hail from the apple-growing regions of Southern France.

    If this is true, then we’re ought to vote the clones who site at the European parliament and replace them by people with commonsense.

  2. You do see the date on this article right?

    Friday 01 Apr 2005 – 10:15

    The European Union has revealed it is to ban the sale and use of Apple Macintosh computers by 2006 – citing “the need for unification” in a directive unveiled today.

  3. “The directive reckons that Apple’s “lack of floppy disk drive” is discriminatory to EU residents, and that the Apple logo doesn’t hail from the apple-growing regions of Southern France”
    Come on, people… that’s funny stuff.

  4. Boeing777 — further down in the Digit article:

    “Designers will face tough punishments under the new law — with even the eating of apples (and some oranges) at Windows computers liable for a fine of €5,000. People using the colour Aqua will face a lesser fine of €2,000.

    April Fool’s joke? Duh!

  5. If Apple is going to have Tiger preloaded on the MacMini, in the near future, I hope that the version of the MacMini will come with 512MB of System RAM and hopefully a minimum of 64MB of video RAM to ensure a decent performance. Otherwise, I would imagine that there will be some irate customers. The unreleased iPod dock connector on top would have make more sense as well, freeing up the firewire port for the iSight camera. Thus creating a perfect little video communication center with Tiger’s iChat.

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