Lower Priced MacBooks and MacBook Pros with the Possibility of Cheaper iPod TouchsApple, iPod, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Rumor July 23rd, 2008
At Apple’s earnings call it was mentioned that Apple would be having a product transition soon and that it would have to lower margins because of it.
That of course caused a wildfire in the blogosphere with speculation of everything from a Mac tablet to cheaper notebooks.
The two possibilities that make the most sense is that Apple could be releasing sub-$1000 notebooks. Piper Jaffray said Tuesday that there is an 80% chance that Apple will introduced redesigned MacBooks and maybe even MacBook Pros at the $999 price point for the MacBook and $1799 for the MacBook Pro.
But, this product transition could be a cheaper iPod Touch which would transition the iPod product line from the old click-wheel style iPods to the new touch models. If the iPod Touch was priced at $199 it would be much more comparable to the iPhone 3G and really the only differences being GPS, Bluetooth, integrated speakers, and the GSM radio.
I’ve thought for a while about the possibility that Apple would drop the price of the iPod Touch and integrate GPS into it as well and then releasing a turn-by-turn application for the TouchOS. This would essentially turn the iPod Touch into a navigation system as well as an iPod and internet tablet.