OK -- last Apple post for a while, I promise (probably). Congrats to Appleon the highestquarterly revenue and net income in Apple's history. At least one analystquoted in the above article considers this real evidence of the "halo effect"(of happy iPod users converting to Mac); and another analyst predicts that theintroduction of the Mac Mini, will to extend if not accelerate the trend (actually both trends -- the conversion ofiPod users to Macintosh users and the good earnings also).
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Speaking of predictions -- this posting is sort of oldish by now, and I hadmeant to post it earlier -- sorry about that! Robert Cringely, in his annual predictionscolumn, also had Apple's 2005 future in his crystal ball (or at least on his mind).
Firstly, Mr Cringely predicted the launch of an "el-cheapo Mac" -- which we all know now how thatturned out, so he was right about that (by his own reckoning, he claimsabout a 75% historic accuracy rate).
But Mr Cringely also argues that if the pricing for the Mini wereUS$249 instead of US$499 (he calculates that price would represent a US$100 lossper unit) it would be worth it for Apple to take that financial hit in order tobecome the world's number one PC company. I sort of suspect they'd get accusedof dumping, though -- but I do agree that some sort of a loss-leader is a goodtactic in this particular market space.
Mr Cringely also had this to say about PowerPC processors:
[K]eep an eye on IBM's PowerPC introductions later in the yearthat should really give Intel fits, especially if they are accompanied bysubstantial OEM agreements.
Advice to live by -- we will definitely be keeping an eye on PowerPC introductions (and other news) here. In the meantime,and again with the theme of predictions, the PowerArchitecture Challenge predictions column will be posted on Tuesday, January18, and I predict that it will be very a good one, so keep an eye out for that as well.
Update Jan. 14
The Register reports that the G5 PowerBook is on track for a scheduled release in Q2 2005
Update Jan. 17
It seems that Apple's recent track record has started to worry Intel? RedNova is reporting that Intel's upcoming Sonoma announcement is an attempt to Challenge Apple and steal its iPod mojo. Could this have anything to do with Virtucon? Or perhaps they just saw National Semiconductor's CEO's prediction that'Personal technology' will drive the IC industry going forward.
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