If you’ve wondered why there isn’t a smaller iPod nano or a cheaper MacBook Air notebook, someone at Apple must have read your mind. The Cupertino, Calif. company may unveil those new products in September, according to a prominent analyst.
BMO Capital’s Keith Bachman expects Apple will unveil two new iPods – a new Touch and a new Nano. The Nano will be “much smaller” than previous versions and will omit the track wheel, according to the analyst. The introduction of a small Nano may mean we’ll be waving goodbye to the Shuffle.
Overall, Apple should announce 9.2 million to 9.7 million iPods sold during the September quarter, Bachman said Thursday night. In July, Apple announced selling 9.4 million iPods for the quarter.
As for the MacBook Air, it appears Apple is getting ready to offer a more inexpensive version. “We aren’t clear on all the specs, but supply chain checks suggest that unit shipments of the new Air products could far exceed the current Air, which we believe could suggest lower starting prices,” Bachman writes.
Overall, the analyst projects Apple will sell 2.9 million notebooks in the September quarter.
In other matters, Bachman said there is no evidence the iPad is cannibalizing iPod touch sales. He also believes there is no slowdown in iPhone sales or supply, projecting 10.4 million handsets for the September quarter.