Feeds

Apple to unveil Intel laptop next month - analyst

Responding to speculation?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner has added his voice to those predicting Apple will announce a notebook computer based on an Intel processor in January 2006.

"We are becoming more convinced that Apple will introduce its first Intel-based PowerBook at Macworld San Francisco," Gardner said in a note to clients, Reuters reports.

It's hard to know whether Gardner has any specific information on the matter or is simply responding to the numerous claims regarding what Apple CEO Steve Jobs will unveil when he takes to the stage for his annual Macworld keynote.

Certainly PowerBooks and iBooks have been suggested as candidates for having Intel Inside: both still use aging G4-class PowerPC processors, Intel has new, powerful mobile processors coming out next quarter, and Apple's notebooks are increasingly its most popular computing product lines.

That said, the Mac Mini has also been said to be due an Intel upgrade early next year, to form the basis for Apple's pushing into the emerging home media centre market.

Whatever Apple announces next month, Gardner reckons it will boost the company's fortunes. He upped his forecast for Apple's FY2006 from $17.6bn to $20.4bn, with earnings up from 172 cents a share to 216. Q1 FY2006, when comes to a close with the 2005 calendar year, will generate for Apple $5.5bn in revenues, he said, more than the $4.8bn he previously forecast, on the back of Christmas sales, particularly of the new iPods. He increased his quarterly earnings forecast from 47 cents a share to 60.

For 2007, Gardner expects revenue of $24.3bn and earnings of 261 cents a share. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.