Piper Jaffray's Apple analyst Gene Munster (AAPL) has floated his predictions for January's Macworld trade show in San Francisco, where Steve Jobs usually unveils many of his biggest products.
Smallest MacBook ever? Munster expects a thin, light MacBook-like creature with an 11- to 13-inch screen, priced between $1,100 and $2,000. This isn't the 8- to 11-inch screen, micro-laptop some Apple fans have hoped for, but it would be a nice addition to Apple's popular notebook lineup. A trimmer laptop could use Samsung's new 64-gigabyte flash drive, the smallest hard drive you'd want in an OS X laptop. Munster also thinks the new Mac could include some sort of iPhone-like multi-touch features.
No 3G iPhone? Munster says Macworld is too early for Jobs to introduce an iPhone that connects to AT&T's super-fast "3G" wireless data network. He expects that phone to arrive in May or June, but says Apple could announce a bigger (16-gig) iPhone in January to keep up interest. Apple's pokey wireless connection on AT&T's "EDGE" network is its biggest shortcoming.