“Following Apple’s earnings announcement on Wednesday, analysts for Piper Jaffray weighed in with their predictions what new products may be in the company’s pipeline and when they may first appear. Analyst Gene Munster told clients on Thursday he expects Apple will launch higher capacity iPod nanos and a new video iPod later this year. ‘Last night, Portal Player announced that its PP5021 SoC, which will be available in the second half of 2006, has not been selected for use on mid-range and high-range flash-based iPods,’ the analyst said in a research note. Munster believes the announcement provides some confirmation that Apple will indeed launch higher capacity iPod nanos, such as 8GB and 10GB models, later this year,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.
“‘We expect to see a higher capacity iPod nano in the market in late summer or early fall,’ the analyst wrote. ‘Releasing new nanos during the back-to-school timeframe would allow Apple to capitalize on this seasonally stronger buying period, but, more importantly, we need to see the products in the market by October-November to take full advantage of holiday buying.’ While Munster does expect Apple to launch a large screen video iPod at some point, he said it’s difficult to pin-point the timing of such a rollout,” Marsal reports.
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PortalPlayer announces product not selected by Apple for iPod use – April 19, 2006