Merrill analyst on Macworld Expo: Windows virtualization in Leopard, iTV, Mac Pros, Displays, more

“Merrill Lynch’s Richard Farmer has raised his price target on Apple Computer (AAPL) to $102 form $88, citing strong holiday iPod sales, which he says ‘could create upside to 4Q results.’ He also sees near-term catalysts in next week’s Macworld trade show in San Francisco – Steve Jobs will give his keynote on Monday [sic: it’s Tuesday] January 9 – and the release of December quarter results on January 17,” Eric Savitz (Barron’s) blogs.

Savitz reports, “Farmer notes that data from market research firm NPD for the first three weeks of December suggest very strong demand for iPods in the December quarter; he raised his forecast for iPod sales in the quarter to 17 million from 15.5 million. He raised his December quarter estimates to $6.5 billion in revenue and profits of 81 cents a share, from $6.3 billion and 77 cents.”

Savitz reports, “As for Macworld, Farmer has a few theories on what will be announced:”

• He notes that Jobs previewed better-than-expected iPod results at Macworld last year, and says “we would not be surprised to see the same this year.”
• At a minimum, he expects a demonstration of new feature in Mac OS Leopard, “possibly including a virtualization implementation of the current Boot Camp feature which allows the use of both Mac OS and Windows.”
• An update on the iTV product “is likely,” he says.
• New Mac Pros and displays “are also possible.”
• He says there could be previews of a wide-screen video iPod; new “ultraportable” Macs; and the much-discussed Apple cell phone. “However, we would be surprised to see detailed information on all of these areas,” he writes.
• New digital content partnerships “would not be a surprise.”

Full article here.

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22 Comments

  1. ….so the Keynote is on Monday January 9th eh? someone needs a new desk calendar…
    Seems like we heard great expectations from Steve Jobs last year too. In his defense, I think his passion & drive is much greater than technology (hardware wise) can develop. Thnx Steve, keep up the passion & good work!

  2. Magic 8-Ball on Macworld Expo: Windows virtualization in Leopard, iTV, Mac Pros, Displays, more.

    • Mr. 8-Ball notes that Jobs previewed better-than-expected iPod results at Macworld last year, and says “Signs point to yes.”
    • At a minimum, Mr. 8-Ball expects a demonstration of new features in Mac OS Leopard, “Without a doubt.”
    • An update on the iTV product “Most likely,” Mr. 8-Ball says.
    • New Mac Pros and displays “Concentrate and ask again.”
    • Mr. 8-Ball says there could be previews of a wide-screen video iPod; new “ultraportable” Macs; and the much-discussed Apple cell phone. “Don’t count on it,” he writes.
    • New digital content partnerships “As I see it, yes.”

  3. Don’t pass the koolaid,

    Windows isn’t featured at MacWorld, Windows programs on a Mac are featured.

    You see, switchers think that their old Windows programs are important for the first month or so that they own their new Mac.

    Then they realize how unneeded their old Windows programs really are.

    Shortly after that they wonder why the hell they didn’t switch years ago.

    Why don’t you get off of Microsoft’s payroll and switch to a Mac. You’ll feel much cleaner.

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