Speculation grows over new Apple products

“What Apple will do next is a topic some vow not to touch, only to wade into the What’s-Next debate with a little prompting,” John Boudreau reports for The Mercury News. “‘I find it almost useless to speculate on what Apple is going to do. The reason is I’m always wrong,’ said Needham analyst Charles Wolf.”

“The blogosphere, on the other hand, is buzzing with rumors of new Apple products expected to be announced soon. Topping the list is a touch-screen netbook and a new generation of iPhones,” Boudreau reports.

“Speculation about new iPhone models is based mainly on reports that beta versions of the iPhone Software 3.0 indicate it’s designed for two models to be released during the summer. Meanwhile, news reports out of Asia claim Apple may be preparing for three separate models,” Boudreau reports.

“Analysts believe pressure is mounting on AT&T, Apple’s only U.S. carrier partner, to offer a tiered data plan because they believe the current high price is driving away potential iPhone customers. AT&T’s basic voice and data plan runs about $80 a month,” Boudreau reports.

“Broadpoint AmTech analyst Brian Marshall predicts a 10.1-inch laptop with a swivel screen that can be used as a touch-screen tablet,” Boudreau reports. “Those who follow the company expect some surprises in June, when Apple will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.”

More speculation in the full article here.

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