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Analyst: Apple to move away from Mac, build on iPod

Goldman Sachs analyst David Bailey believes that Apple will move away from its core Mac lineup and instead focus on new consumer products. The company would be successful in doing so because of its mega-popular iPod brand, according to the analyst.

“2006 will undoubtedly mark another major year in Apple’s transformation, but its new markets bring together tougher competition,” Bailey wrote in a recent research note. “If early indications from suppliers prove correct, Apple is likely to move further from its Mac core in 2006, leveraging its brand and building on the consumer success of iPod.”

Bailey expects Apple to sell 11.6 million iPods during the holiday quarter, up from his previous estimate of 10 million.

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To support their notion, the wonderful analysts contend that Apple will introuduce a new Mac mini at MWSF.  Way to move away from the Mac, Apple.


Posted by Gordy. on December 21, 2005 at 1:35 PM (CST)


The thought of connecting my iPod to a Windoze PC instead of a Mac, makes my skin crawl!

Posted by crackedLCD on December 21, 2005 at 2:02 PM (CST)


Like Gordy says… if a new media hub capable Mac Mini is a move away from Mac, then I’m a Dutchman.
(Hint: I’m not Dutch)
Analysts thoughts really aren’t worth the paper they are printed on…

Posted by Piarco75 on December 21, 2005 at 2:05 PM (CST)


What???  I find that hard to believe with the Intel Macs coming out in 2006.

Posted by Lester on December 21, 2005 at 2:27 PM (CST)


In fairness, the actual quote says “move further from its Mac core”. This can just mean expanding. It’s only iLounge’s headline that says “move away”.

Posted by iPodG5 on December 21, 2005 at 2:28 PM (CST)


Good think he doesn’t work for EF Hutton, so we don’t have to listen. ;-)

Posted by Sharon Faulk on December 21, 2005 at 5:29 PM (CST)


My condolences to whoever got stuck paying this quack’s paycheck.

Posted by Zen Masta J on December 21, 2005 at 5:46 PM (CST)


I just bought the brand new 60GB 5G iPod yesterday. I don’t want to hear that they’re working on a newer one! At least leave a grace period before we hear that our top of the line product will expire!


Posted by Matthew on December 21, 2005 at 6:32 PM (CST)


This information is rediculous.  The ipod has allowed Apple to become more successful with the “mac core” and make more money on it’s computers and software due to the success of the ipod.  The ipod has only helped Apple become more successful and grow with its actual computers.

Posted by Sam on December 21, 2005 at 6:46 PM (CST)


how much are these analysts paid?

Posted by dustin on December 21, 2005 at 9:25 PM (CST)


This is akin to Microsoft announcing that they are abandoning all software development to focus all their work on XBox!  ;-)

Posted by zyzyzyzyzyzyx on December 22, 2005 at 8:59 AM (CST)


Does this guy not know that Apple split into Mac and iPod groups?

Posted by minty on December 22, 2005 at 12:35 PM (CST)


Analysts are simply highly paid bums. I’d rather get my advice from some tramp that reads tea leaves. Might be more accurate. Show this analyst his prediction in six months and see how many excuses he comes up with for why he is totally wrong. There are way too many loyal members of this brand club for the company to just ditch its core product line. Besides, what would Microshaft do without someone to follow?

Posted by AG on December 24, 2005 at 9:53 AM (CST)


They might as well since their computers don’t sell for sh!t

You’re so silly my iPod works great on windows. Even if this was true, you still wouldn’t have to use one.

Posted by I Luv My Pod on December 25, 2005 at 4:00 PM (CST)


“They might as well since their computers don’t sell for sh!t”

how many computer companies saw growth last year?  Hint, Apple.

how many have unbelievable brand loyalty, so much so that it is compared to cults?  Hint, Apple.

who is the number one rated customer service in computers?  Hint, Apple.

who sells the product the name of which MEANS portable music player to Joe Average, and currently has their stores freaking packed with people buying computers to see if they are as good as the player?  Hint, are you catching on yet bright boy?

Apple has a 3.3% market share.  not so good.  but they have about a 10% install base.  That is VERY good.  more importantly, even in quarters when the rest of the industry slumps, Apple profits, and they do so WITH a huge R&D budget, something anyone who uses any kind of computer should be glad of, since many of their innovations make their way to the rest of the industry.

...please don’t let your choice of OSes stop you from thinking clearly.

Posted by shane on December 27, 2005 at 10:14 PM (CST)

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