Using current trends he believes we'll see a iPod with one terabyte (1TB!) of storage capacity within only five years and he also says we can expect a wireless integration for transfer of audio, photos and video content between the iPod, Mac, AirPort Express and other devices.
"Why would you even want a Terabyte iPod?" Mr. Munster asked. He expects that, in five years, demand for such a product will exist with the addition of wireless streaming from the device. "For example," the analyst wrote, "iPod users in their living rooms could scroll through 200 movies along with 10,000 photos and 50,000 songs on the iPod, and play them on a TV through a wireless connection."Analysts at Piper Jaffray claim a 1TB iPod could be sold within five years for about $500. They believe 1.8-inch hard drives will reach capacities of 500GB in that time, enabling Apple to launch a 1TB iPod by using a two-platter drive like it does now to produce a 60GB iPod.
Other things we can expect:
- AirPort Express for video
- Mac mini's with Front row and TiVo-like DVR capabilities by second half of 2007.
- A new phone from Apple. This iPhone may be launched within 12 to 18 months.
Read on over Mac Observer to read more speculation about Apple's feature.