Eric Savitz reports for Forbes, “Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster took up [the question of what’s next for Apple] in a research note this morning. He sees a lot of interesting thing to come in 2011, but with a continued focus on the Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod. Apple, he says, will not enter any new product categories in 2011, although he sees some new things in the works, eventually including Apple-branded televisions.”
Here’s his list of what to expect in 2011:
• Verizon Wireless launch of the iPhone: He sees a 95% probability this will happen, with timing expected in the March quarter. (Which is to say, soon.)
• Mac App store launch: 100% probability; it launches on Thursday.
• iTunes cloud service: Probability 90%, he says.
• iPad geographic expansion: Probability 100%, according to Munster.
• iPad subsidies from carriers: Probability 80%, he contends.
• OS X Lion launches: Probability 100%, with arrival likely this summer, he says.
• Fifth-generation iPhone likely to launch this summer, with new near-field communications (NFC) capability.
• Second-generation iPad likely to launch this spring.
• He sees new MacBook Pros in the first half, and new iMac in the second half.
• New iPods are likely in the fall, as usual.
Read more, including Munster’s prediction of an “all-in-one Apple television,” in the full article here.