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. You guys are guessing they are still going to use platter technology (hard drives). It’s gonna be 100% flash cards by then my friends. 100GB TBA in next few years via flash. 5 years? I could see 500GB. HD is NOT the way to go…. dead technology mon amie.

    Remember, there has to be a demand for the sizes to be created. Most people are still struggling with their 60GBs.

  2. pog: Hydrazine as the propellant for your rocket car? About as likely as a terabyte iPod by 2010. With a maximum specific impulse (the measure of propellant efficiency) of about 240-250 seconds that won’t give you much sustained lift.

    Combine that with Nitrogent Tetroxide you get a bit more (and that combination was used in some of the older Titan rockets). However, with pure N204 the hazard is death. With as little as 3 parts per billion exposure the N2O4 can form nitric acid in your lungs. Not something you might like.

    Try something like liquid Xenon as a propellant. There exist electric thrusters with specific impulses of over 30,000 seconds which use Xenon and Xenon can be relatively easily stored as a liquid if you keep it below 0 degrees C. And since the efficiency of a thruster is an exponential function of the specific impulse electric Xenon thrusters are MUCH more efficient than those monopropellant hydrazine jobs.

    The only problem is to get enough thrust out of the Xenon thrusters you will need many of them and a huge power source (a small nuclear reactor ??) to run them. But, hey, no solution is perfect!

    MW: six … as in, remember, your autonav system on your rocket car needs to have at least a six degree of freedom nav model

  3. Ampar said:

    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.”

    That’s freakin’ funny!

    Whoever would’ve thunked it?

  4. Thanks, MacDaddy-Oh!

    P.S. I magine that the yottabyte iPod will have a conscience.

    From Wikipedia:
    Human complexity in data storage

    How many yottabytes would it take to describe a single human being? Assuming the average adult human is 75 kg (165 pounds), we can determine a rough estimate of how many moles of atoms are in the human body. Since the body is made up of 65% oxygen, 18% carbon, 10% hydrogen, 3% nitrogen, 1.5% calcium, and other elements, one could use a periodic table to show that the average human body contains about 11,800 moles of atoms. If one would commit just 100 bytes of information to store the location, type, and state of every atom contained in the body of a human, it would require roughly 590,000 yottabytes!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yottabyte

  5. Ampar: I certainly won’t subscribe to anytrhing you point me to in About.com thank you.

    It cannot be proven now one way or the other but the Victorian quote about invention has been passed on over the years and its very clever if someone today can say they never said it.

    Neither here nor there. The term is now used successfully as an expression of ‘do not try to predict the future…for you are certain to be surprised”. And that statement counts, as much in the 19th century, as the the 20th century as in the 21st year 2005.

    Let’s not be too particular and enjoy the spirit. The Victorians were brilliant inventors and we should all take our hats off to them. Certainly we wouldn’t be doing this today if it weren’t for their inventiveness…

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