“Analysts at American Technology Research, Needham & Co and Piper Jaffray have urged their clients not to bail on Apple’s shares. Charles Wolf of Needham & Co, Shaw Wu of American Technology Research and Gene Munster at Piper Jaffrray all predict a fast-paced series of product introductions from Apple this year. Wolf calls Apple: ‘The most exciting story in our universe.’ Wu describes the computer company as: ‘A big mean cash machine.’ Looking forward, Munster predicted that Apple would see growth in both its iPod and Mac sales. ‘While 2005 was the year of iPod growth, we believe 2006 is poised to be the year of both iPod growth and, more importantly, Mac market share gains,’ he wrote,” Jonny Evans reports for Macworld UK.
Evans reports, “Wolf echoed the positive outlook: ‘If anything, the pace of new product introductions should accelerate in 2006 as Apple transitions to an all-Intel Mac lineup, continues to build out the iPod platform, and launches its long-anticipated invasion of the digital living room,’ he observed. Wolf raised his fiscal 2006 earnings per share estimate from $1.95 to $2.05 and the 2007 estimate from $2.40 to $2.50… Wolf predicts that iBooks will move to Intel this spring and expects Power Macs to grow Intel hearts during the summer. And he told investors: ‘The move to the Intel platform has the potential to materially increase Mac sales once the transition is completed.’ Wolf put some fresh cards on the table. He ‘expects the actual video iPod’ later this year – with a larger screen. He also said he: ‘Would not be surprised to see the Mac mini assume its rightful place in the living room as a digital entertainment server.’ Wolf also predicts major content deals, and describes Microsoft’s failure to make a mark in most homes. Microsoft, ‘insists on imposing an impossibly complex system on consumers,’ he said. ‘Apple’s represents a far better bet to succeed in its effort,’ he predicted.”
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