Analyst predicts Apple-branded ‘iPhone’ with iTunes and terabyte iPod within five years

“Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray maintained an ‘outperform’ rating on Apple Computer and raised his price target on the company in anticipation of continued iPod and Mac innovations and a possible “iPhone” in the next 12 to 18 months,” Maya Roney reports for Forbes. “Munster expects Apple to enhance media center features in Macs, and incorporate its recently released Front Row technology into the Mac Mini. Munster also predicted the launch of an Apple-branded ‘iPhone’ with iTunes capabilites, and, five years down the line, a terabyte iPod that will offer massive storage and wireless capabilities and become a ‘portable coffee-table media center.'” He raised the price target to $68 from $60.

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25 Comments

  1. Terabyte iPod in 5 years is just plain silly.

    We MIGHT have terabyte laptops in 5 years using 2.5 inch drives.

    We will not have sub one inch drives in the terabyte range in five years. That would take a HUGE breakthrough in hard drive technology. A terabyte of flash memory is even further away — at least in any way an average person could afford.

    MW: far… as in this scale of hard drive or memory is FAR into the future (maybe 10 years)

  2. These far-off predictions are always laughable. Just like Bill Gates, the predictor sounds as though he is “forward thinking”, etc. because they dare to predict the unthinkable well in advance.

    No one ever goes back and looks at those predictions and says, “Gee Bill, you predicted that by 2005 that computers would no longer come equipped with keyboards because everyone would be using speech recognition.” So, these predictions are all worth…nothing!

    In 5 years, come back to this story and see if the analyst is even employed anymore. I *predict* that he’ll be working at Burger King.

  3. Re: Terabyte iPod

    “Whaddya have on that there tPod?”

    “Not much really. Let’s see. I’ve got Pi to 51,539,600,000 digits, every volume from the Library of Congress, my genetic code, a map of every star ever indexed, the IMDB along with a copy of every movie, and, hmmm, oh yeah, a couple hundred tunes when I want to chill out.”

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  4. The switch to perpendicular technology will certainly allow Apple and others to pack some serious capacity into portable devices in the future, even based on the 1.8″ mechanism.

    I seem to remember that when I first read about perpendicular, they were saying that it was good for an order of magnitude over longitudinal technology, which would mean a 600GB iPod without a stretch.

    Even if they get to half of that, 300GB would be more than enough for most people given that the battery is going to want to be connected to the mothership after about four-six hours of constant use.

  5. Terabyte! Wow, if that’ll be in an iPod form factor within five years . . .

    can you imagine the capacity Spock’s tricorder must’ve had???

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