iPhone Analyst vs. Magic 8-Ball: Munster and Rose Edition

Welcome to the first in a new series from TiPb, where we take the often outlandish, sometime surreal predictions of iPhone analysts and pundits, blogeratti and the 'net elite, and compare them to the potentially equally precise prognostications of a... magic 8-ball (running on an iPhone, of course!)

This edition kicks off with Gene Munster, who boldly states Apple will sell 13 million iPhone 3Gs this year, and 45 million next.

Magic 8-ball? "Most likely"

Next up we have Diggster Kevin Rose, with a multitude of maybes:

  • Apple Event on September 9th? "Very doubtful"
  • Firmware 2.1 debuting on sleeker iPod Touch? "Most likely"
  • iTunes 8 with music recommendations? "Cannot predict now"
  • New, candy-bar Nano with rounded widescreen? "It is certain"
  • Massive iPod price drops across the line? "Don't count on it"
  • Mac OS X with Blu-Ray? "Ask again later"

Lastly, iDealsChina is rumormongering GPS for the iPod Touch? "Cannot predict now"

Who's right? What's left?

When a story breaks -- if it breaks -- we'll come back and compare results. And we're betting on a pretty even race, you?

(Special thanks to K. Michaels for the inspiration).

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.