Piper Jaffray analyst ranks ‘Top Ten Biggest Apple Rumors’ in order of probability

“Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, in a report to investors Thursday, ranked the top-ten biggest Apple rumors, which cover everything from Macs to iPods, by their credibility,” Mary Crane reports for Forbes.

Munster’s rankings in order of probability (1 = most, 10 = least):

1. Intel-powered “Mac Pro” to replace Power Mac G5; unveiled at WWDC on August 7
2. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard launch in late 2006 or early 2007 with ability to run Windows applications
3. iTunes Movie Store with feature-length films
4. “iPhone” iPod with cellphone capability within twelve months
5. iChat 4.0 with telephone capabilities
6. True video iPod with touch-sensitive four-inch viewing screen
7. “iHome” home media hub with music, photo and video capabilities
8. iTunes-branded audio content on airplane flights
9. Ultra-portable Mac equipped with NAND-flash memory technology
10. iTunes advertisements

Full article here.

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  1. one interesting twist on the iPhone would be to give iPods WiFi and use VoIP to make the phone calls for free (as long as you are in WiFi hot spot). This would be great for urbanites – not as good for the rest of us.

  2. Yep. It’s a full checklist of all of the things that we’ve pointlessly argued about over the past few months. I’m afraid that until Steve descends from Mount Apple to proclaim what is written into his stone tablets, we’ll make no headway at all.

  3. After reading reviews yesterday on MacWorld about VoIP programs, I think that iChat 4.0 with phone capabilities is a very likely thing — much more likely than the iPhone.

    You’re right, ron. iHome is an iPod accessory, if I’m not mistaken. I think they’re even in Wal-Mart stores.

  4. The name “iHome” is completely unimportant; that’s just what people were calling it back when the rumor started going around. Apple would likely name it something else, just like the “iPhone” would likely be named something else.

  5. “iHome” is a place holder for the functionality in most people’s minds. Anyway, didn’t AAPL buy “iWork” just before they launched Pages and Keynote as a bundle?

    Once Apple called the all-in-one the ‘iMac’ and went with the whole ‘i” this and that, their marketing and legal should have registered all known variations automatically. Kind of like buying a huge plot of land, building a town and also buying up the surrounding “raw” land for speculative purposes.

    The Steve should fire all those complacent marketing and legal bastards immediately. I mean, settle with ‘Creative’, please.

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  6. 9. Ultra-portable Mac equipped with NAND-flash memory technology

    Oh yea baby bring it on!!

    The current stock of laptops are too big, too hot, to fragile.

    We need a nice DVD movie case size Mac with a slimed down version of Mac OS X.

    no hard drive, no cd drive, a firewire 400 and USB port, optical/analog audio in/out, ethernet and phone. all flash based.

    great battery life. one cool processor or a slowed down dual core so it’s cool, metal case.

    It will be a nice portable device just for the occassional use, like a PDA, GPA, iTunes, web and email, word and spreadsheets. nothing hardcore, no super video stuff needed. put pictures on and so forth.

    Take any heavy loads back to the desktop Mac for working on.

    Laptops just s*ck in performance, not worth their money anymore.

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