iWatch May Ultimately Replace iPod, No iPod Updates Expected in 2014

A research note (via Barrons) from Christopher Caso, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, reiterates previous analyst reporting about the iWatch, saying Apple is looking to enter production with a pair of screen sizes in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Caso says Apple has production targets of 5-6 million units, but believes the iWatch will "essentially replace the iPod in the consumer portion of AAPL's product lineup" and will see lowered iPod sales as a result of customers choosing the iWatch instead. The note says the iPod is not expected to be updated this year.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier this year that the iPod "is a declining business", with sales dropping to under $5 billion in 2013, down from a peak of more than $8 billion in 2008. Apple's iPod lineup has not seen a significant update since Fall 2012, other than a minor color change to match the rest of Apple's portable offerings. The iPod Classic has not been updated in several years.

Apple has worked hard to have products at a variety of price points, from the $49 iPod Shuffle up to the 128GB iPad Air at $799, and then to the various Mac products.

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Top Rated Comments

WhackyNinja Avatar
134 months ago
Oh dear...

Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonyive4 Avatar
134 months ago
$5 billion in sales is too little apparently.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joe HS Avatar
134 months ago
Not without wireless EarPods it won't.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
troop231 Avatar
134 months ago
but how will wrist sound get into my ear!?
Subdermal bone vibration implant. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spyguy10709 Avatar
134 months ago
Well...


iPod Classic with a 256GB SSD, please?


Please? :(
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mcdj Avatar
134 months ago
The iWatch will resurrect the click wheel!

(Kidding)

BRING IT

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