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What is Apple’s New Digital Product?
Posted By Barry Ritholtz On September 7, 2006 @ 3:00 pm In Film,Music,Technology,Television | Comments Disabled
Lots of buzz in Macland today as Apple gets upgraded by UBS , and tacks on $3 beans. The analyst there predicted the company could "multiply" revenue with new products:
"Next Tuesday we believe Apple will unveil a major move into the digital home with the potential to multiply its revenue streams. In addition to potential new nanos and movie and video services, we are excited about potential products through 2007."
-UBS analyst Benjamin A. Reitzes
Let’s fantasize a bit about what might be more intriguing options: Looking at their iMac line up, the 24 inch model with Front Row software  got me thinking: Sure, that’s fine for a dorm room, but what about the rest of the TV consuming country? They want bigger and bigger screens.
Here’s what I want: make me a 40" version of an iMac. Bring this in so it only costs marginally more than other flat screens — figure $3500. (Eventually, roll out a 50 or even a 60 inch version for $4500 – $6000 clams).
Build in all of the Front Row software controls into a full function remote control — TV, DVD, music, etc. Then (just for laughs), build in a DVR or TiVo for that matter.
Apple would have a break out hit, and take total control of the digital living room like no one else has been able to.
sigh . . . we’ll just have to be happy with a 4 inch screen ipod and downloadable movies (like anyone I wants to wait 2 hours to download a $9.99 movie? ).
UPDATE September 7, 2006 5:33pm
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 upgraded by UBS: http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/060907/apple_mover.html?.v=1
 larger screened iPod: http://appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2016
 iTunes Movie Store download: http://www.redherring.com/Article.aspx?a=18359&hed=Apple%3A+Movies%2C+Phones+Sept.+12%3F+§or=Industries&subsector=Communications
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