Analyst Wu: New iPods may face delays of as much as six months

Apple Store“Shares of Apple Computer fell over 2 percent in early morning trading after one Wall Street analyst said new versions of the company’s iPod nano and video iPod players may be delayed by a much as six months,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“‘We previously believed that new nanos and the widescreen video iPod could ship in Q3 and Q4, respectively,’ American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu told clients in a research note,” Marsal reports. “‘However, we now believe that both could be delayed by a quarter or two.'”

“Wu now sees a new iPod nano [US$199 for 4GB, $249 for 8GB] arriving during the December quarter rather than the September quarter… [and] issues surrounding battery life continue to be the ‘key gating technical factor’ that could delay the launch of the much-rumored widescreen video iPod until the first half of 2007,” Marsal reports. “Wu retains a Buy rating on shares of Apple but reduced his price target from $101 to $75 to ‘reflect the equity market’s lower trading multiple.'”

More info — and what may be a “positive side effect” of a delay — in the full article here.

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42 Comments

  1. these traders are taking advantage of apples quiet policy and just speculating to meet there own needs, and people actually believe this speculation, i suppose rumor sites begun all this lol, hang on, gotta go mock up a 6G ipod and email it to macdaily rumors.

  2. Okay all you stock wizards time for your daily, “Now is the time to buy Apple” whine! Oh yeah and the Bear shorts chuckle you all drop.

    Bad news comes in multiples; watch for more shoes to drop with Apple.

    And this analyst dropped his price target by 25 whopping percent!!!! That is huge!

  3. Allow me to translate the previous poster:
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  4. You can make a lot of money in the stock market by being a contrarian, doing the opposite of what the herd is doing. It just requires intelligent choices, patience, and nerves of titanium….

  5. and if apple release it earlier. people will just complain about how they just bought their iPod, and then apple releases another.

    but i would still like to see the new iPods sooner rather than later.

  6. An analyst cannot maintain credibility by giving guidance at 100 bucks and a week or two later dropping it down to 75 bucks and calling it ‘equity markets lower trading multiple’. It is absolutely unacceptable behavior.

  7. Think about this for a minute. Apple has access to Core Duos right?

    Why is there no dual Core Duo PowerMac’s? (aka Mac Pro’s)

    PPC Quads are not selling because everyone is waiting, so why wait all this time?

    Discount the PPC Quads and start selling Mac Pro’s, but no. Why?

    Apple is adopting Cell+, you’ll see.

  8. Good way to get a good price on Apple stock for this guy by spreading FUD out on the internet. He knows about as much as we do, NOTHING! The developer conference is in August and I would still put my money on releases of new products then which would probably include new iPods. But like I said nobody knows except Steve Jobs and the inner circle at Apple. We just have to wait and see. We could say maybe this, and maybe that all day it wouldn’t matter.

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