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New Model Appears to Replace 60GB iPod, new video iPod may appears - Mp4 Converter

Updated March 21,2006

It is reported that Apple may be going to replace its 60GB "High-end" iPod with a new model, by a new research from Amercian Technology research. This firm also said earlier this month, Apple alleged to the public that 60GB video iPod now is "taking a high risk", meaning it would be most probably replaced at any time not later than April.Analyst Shaw Wu told clients, "Timing is not certain to us, but we believe a new widescreen video iPod with Bluetooth headphones could be ready as early as the June quarter," He also mentioned that it's near completion of the transition of to Intel-based iMacs, as Apple finally removed the 20-inch iMac from its online store,improving supply of the MacBook Pro, "lukewarm" sales of the Intel-based Mac mini, and a strong seasonal decline in iPod nano sales.

"The $299 30GB video iPod continues to sell well, down modestly from high December quarter levels. The most interesting development here is that Apple has notified its distributors that its high-end $399 60GB video iPod is 'at risk' until the end of April, meaning it could be discontinued and/or replaced around that time frame," Wu wrote in his note. "As we have mentioned before, our checks indicate that Apple has been working on a wide-screen video iPod (we believe now likely with Bluetooth headphone capability)."

Mac mini, iPod nano sales slow

Although Mac mini has include more features, the analyst said that its higher price has been causing hesitation among some buyers and that the iPod nano appears to be experiencing the greatest seasonal decline within the iPod family; however, Wu said that the low-end 1GB iPod nano model has been selling well.

"We believe Apple may need to increase storage capacities and/or cut prices to re-generate interest. Declining prices in NAND flash and additional capacity coming onboard should help Apple facilitate these moves," Wu said.

The company did not change its March quarter estimates of $4.43 billion in revenue and $0.43 in EPS, above Apple's guidance of $4.3 billion and $0.38 per share profit, but emphasized that consensus revenue and iPod unit forcasts may be unrealistically high.

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