“There’s a 50-50 chance that Apple will introduce new form factor multi-touch devices at its developers conference next week, ushering the company into the ultra-mobile computing space, one Wall Street analyst says,” Slash Lane reports for AppleInsider.
“‘We believe there is a 50% chance that a new form factor will be introduced, marking Apple’s entrance into the emerging ‘MID’ or mobile internet device market,’ American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu wrote in a report to clients Thursday. ‘Our sources indicate 4-inch and 7-inch touchscreen devices beyond prototype stage that are a cross between a Mac and iPod touch,'” Lane reports.
“Wu hedges his bets somewhat on an introduction at next week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, explaining that ‘exact timing of production isn’t clear.’ He added, however, that he believes ‘it is inevitable that Apple will bring more touchscreen devices to market’ that will further leverage its trademark multi-touch technology first introduced on the iPhone,” Lane reports. “More certain is the analyst on Apple’s iPhone-related announcements for the conference… At least two new models of the touch-screen handset will make an appearance, including a much anticipated version that will run on so-called 3G networks for $399 to $499, in addition to a revised 2.5G version that will sell for $50 to $100 less than today.”
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