Wireless Apple iPods coming in 2006?

“PortalPlayer Inc. shares jumped in trading on Thursday after an analyst upgraded the stock, and speculated that the company may be involved in the release of wireless iPods in 2006.
Shares of the San Jose, Calif.-based company, which makes system-on-chip semiconductors used in portable media-playing devices, were up $1.55, or 6.1 percent, to $27.10 in midday trading on Nasdaq, after Citigroup analyst upgraded the stock to ‘Buy’ from ‘Hold,” The Associated Press reports. “Analyst Glen Yeung raised his price target on PortalPlayer to $36 from $29, and predicted the company could see customer growth rise in the second half of 2006, driven by the popularity of Apple Computer Inc.’s iPods, which Yeung calculates accounted for 90 percent of PortalPlayer’s revenue in the third quarter of 2005. ‘We have raised our estimates for PortalPlayer based on an increased shipment assumption for iPods, and the expectation for a lower than normal seasonal decline in the first half of 2006,’ Yeung wrote.”

AP reports, “Further, Yeung added since PortalPlayer has said it wants to acquire a small private company with a wireless technology portfolio — he expects such an acquisition to cost between $1 million and $30 million — and because PortalPlayer has said it is dedicating 2006 to building out wireless capabilities, he believes Apple is considering adding wireless capabilities to its iPod in 2006.”

Full article here.

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19 Comments

  1. Wow, with the new speed bump in wireless routers to jump up at the beginning of 2006, that would mean you could have an Airport Express with video streamed from your ipod!! No need for a remote, the iPod could be the remote and the content provider.

  2. I posted awhile back that this feature would be useless until someone invented a way to charge the iPod wirelessly too because one connects an iPod to charge it more often than one updates it, but Apple changed that. Now that the battery life on an iPod is up to 20 hours I personally could go a week between recharges but I couldn’t wait that long to update my goodies. So I think it’s finally time that this feature gets released. I’m excited.

    Another question? Video brings battery life down to 3 hours, meaning people who use the feature heavily are going to recharge their ipod much more often then ever before, possibly causing battery death much much more quickly. Do you think a massively increased rate of battery failue would reopen that lawsuit? Or possibly worse for Apple cause many ipods to die within the one year warrantee period? Speaking of which how did Apple solve the battery problem anyway. They are still using Li-ion meaning the will die, so does the little link saying it will die release them from liability or have they found way to make them last longer than previous generations?

  3. Nice… except the headline looked a little confusing…

    “Wireless Apple iPods in 2006?”

    Let’s see… they’re ipods. You’re supposed to be able to carry them around.

    Sorry, but that was what struck me when I read the headline. “They already are portable!”

    Peanut Butter Jelly w/ A Baseball Bat

  4. I’m not suing my bluetooth mouse any more – too slow. And recharging the batteries in the bluetooth keyboard is a minor pain not worth the gain. With two cable channels running on 2.4GHz plus Airport Express, my cable tv pictures suffer from interference whenever my Mac goes on. I need wireless relief.

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