Analyst expects new Apple iMacs and MacBooks ‘in the next several weeks’

In a note to clients today, research firm Wedge Partners says they believe that Apple is about to unveil both new iMacs and new MacBooks “in the next several weeks.”

Eric Savitz reports for Barron’s, “Wedge sees a redesigned iMac witjh a ‘thinner, organic design, likely with smoothed or rounded edges.’ The MacBook redesign ‘is likely to be limited.'”

The firm also expects “new, lower price points to drive demand and create a meaningful competitive threat” to coming PCs running Microsoft’s Vista service pack, er, “Windows 7,” including netbooks and forecasts Apple to sell a record 3 million Macs in the holiday quarter, Savitz reports.

Full article here.


  1. Mac users dont need or want netbooks, We have our iPhones and iPod Touches. Now a properly designed and lightweight touchbook with amazing handwriting recognition would be worthwhile. Also Apple knows better than to try to compete with bargain priced notebooks. Macbooks are of such higher quality and capability. Yes the Macbook needs a refresh, but not much of one, mostly just a hardware update and a packaging refresh to slim it down and make the battery last longer. Who smells an incorporated battery ala the Macbook Air?

  2. I believe it. A few months back I was at my job bartending and a gentleman that worked for Apple Education came through town. He had lunch at the bar and we started talking about Macs. At the time I had a G4 PowerMac and was talking about getting something new but wanted to get through the summer to see what they were gonna release for fall back-to-school and the holiday season. He wouldn’t say much except that if I could hold out until October, I’d have a “good chance” of seeing something new.

    Just as good as all these “unnamed sources” lately…

  3. Why does MDN insist on calling Windows 7 a Vista service pack, while not referring to Snow Leopard as a Leopard service pack? And no, I’m not a Microsoft shill as I write this from my Mac Pro. It just seems, childish…

  4. @Ronin

    Because . . . Apple calls it a new version of OS X and sells it for $29 and it really is a new version with new features and made my MBP seem like a new machine and Windows sells W7 for many times more money and it’s really just a re-skinning of Vista with a few (not many) ‘borrowed’ features from older Mac OSes.

  5. @Ronin

    Remember. Snow Leopard is merely a jump from 10.5 to 10.6.

    Windows Marketing department is jumping from Vista (or Windows 6) to Windows 7 while claiming it’s worth several hundred dollars. In reality there’s very little architecture change, just a few fixes and updates to the core Vista OS. did a fairly thorough comparison a while back if you want all the gory details.

  6. Steve Ballmer said that “Windows 7 is Vista done right.” That means that Windows 7 is not a service pack, it is an apology. When was the last time anyone charged you to receive their apology?

    New Intel chips = a Mac refresh, true, but Snow Leopard adds a lot of stuff that current Macs can barely take advantage of. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a revision of the product line to bring the hardware in line with Snow Leopard.

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