Apple “hasn’t had a significant update to its [iPod] product line this year, with the only change being the addition of a smaller-capacity 1GB iPod Nano in February. ‘It’s possible that we’re at a point where the path to taking the next step is less clear and less straightforward, even for a company with the technology expertise and creativity of Apple,’ said IDC analyst Susan Kevorkian,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News.
Fried reports, “But few expect Apple is resting on its laurels. ‘I’m convinced they aren’t just sitting there,’ said Gartner analyst Michael McGuire. Apple declined to comment on where it is headed, as is its custom. Such silence, McGuire said, makes it hard to know where Apple is headed.”
Digital HD Radio and cell phone capabilities are a couple of features bandied about for next-gen iPods in the full article.
“In any case, Kevorkian said that Apple may have missed an opportunity to follow up on its successes of last year, which included the Nano and video iPod. ‘Apple had so much momentum coming out of 2005,’ she said. ‘That was momentum they could have banked on by introducing new products in the first half of 2006.’ (It should be noted, of course, that Apple could conceivably introduce a new model before the holiday shopping season,)” Fried reports.
“Even without new models, the iPod has continued to reign supreme. Apple still boasts a 75 percent share of the U.S. retail market and is the world’s best-selling MP3 player,” Fried reports. “Even Microsoft has indicated that it expects its Zune to take some time to put much of a dent in the iPod. At its financial analysts’ meeting last month, Microsoft said that it expects to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years to make Zune into a serious iPod challenger.”
Full article here.
Patience, young padawans. Patience.
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