Piper Jaffray’s top Apple analyst offers his annual product predictions
Apple (AAPL) is unlikely to break into any new hardware categories in 2011, according to a note to clients issued Monday by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster. But that doesn’t mean the company won’t have a busy year.
Here’s what he sees as the major announcements of 2011:
- 95% probability: Launch of a Verizon (VZ) iPhone (before the end of March)
- 100%: Launch of the Mac App Store on Jan. 6 (this Thursday)
- 90%: iTunes cloud services (through Apple’s new server farm in North Carolina)
- 100%: iPad geographic expansion (i.e. more countries)
- 80%: Carrier subsidies for the iPad
- 100%: Launch of OS X Lion (summer 2011)
Also on tap, he says, are the iPad 2 (spring), a fifth-generation iPhone (summer), refreshed iPods (fall) and probably some new MacBook Pros and iMacs in the first and second half of the year, respectively.
One more thing:
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