Jefferies & Co. analyst: checks indicate Apple started video iPod production last month

“PortalPlayer Inc. shares posted a second day of gains Tuesday following a spate of upbeat signals for the chip maker’s growth prospects,” The Associated Press reports. “With demand surging for Apple’s newest player, the iPod Nano, analysts are optimistic that PortalPlayer will continue reaping benefits as a key supplier to Apple. In the second quarter, PortalPlayer swung a profit on nearly quadrupled revenue.

“In a research note published Monday, Thomas Weisel Partners analyst Jason Pflaum raised his profit and revenue estimates for the company, citing an earlier-than-planned worldwide Nano launch and strong adoption trends, as well as continued expansion in the fledgling media-player market,” AP reports. “Adam Benjamin, a Jefferies & Co. analyst, also said Monday that his checks indicate production started last month on a video iPod using PortalPlayer chips, and could be launched soon with strong sales expectations.”

Full article here.

Yesterday, UBS Investment Research Analyst Ben Reitzes noted in a research note to clients that an Apple handheld device capable of video playback could be in the works. In July, the Wall Street Journal – which correctly predicted Apple’s move from PowerPC to Intel-based Macs earlier this year – reported that Apple was in discussions with major content providers regarding licensing video content for a video-capable iPod due in fall 2005.

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28 Comments

  1. The week of November 7th would be my guess – would give two weeks of major business before Thanksgiving.

    However, if Apple wanted to keep a sense of history, October 21st is iPod’s fourth birthday and falls on a Friday – I can imagine a US launch that week. and it would allow Apple to show it off in Europe a week later at Mac Expo in the UK for 27-29 October.

  2. Interesting. The WSJ “reported that Apple was in discussions with major content providers regarding licensing video content for a video-capable iPod due in fall 2005.”

    How many of these same content providers (or parent companies) also have record labels? Which record companies aren’t pushing Apple for an iTMS rate restructuring?

    We’ll find out soon enough!

  3. The X2 name (not the “Newton” part) is actually very close to the actual product name. I can only say that there were a few people nervously running around and making calls here in Cupertino before they were sure Cpt. Obvious simply made it up.

  4. This is more about Airport Express (X2) than it is about the xPod.

    The only problem I have with all this is that broadband connections still suck. It takes me what seems like forever just to download one of those new HD movie trailers @ Apple.com. I just don’t think I would be very happy downloading a whole movie…and I’m on a 1.5 Mbps cable modem connection.

  5. New content providers include the TV networks and Disney/Pixar.

    It’s not clear to me whether Apple will start a subscription service for video like movies. I can see music videos and movies being sold for a fee. But I can also see lots of stuff like news, sports, travel, etc being distributed for free as a way to get people to visit the real channel. Just like those ad-free TV shows shown on airplanes.

  6. One more point. PortalPlayer chips have had video capability for a long time now. So that’s not proof.

    But the Oct 12th invitation and announcement locale; that indicates it is something dramatic.

    I have a iPod mini but no nano. I would buy the new video iPod and a video Airport Express if they were offered! I am done with DVDs.

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