Goldman Sachs research analyst David C. Bailey is predicting that Apple will move away from the Mac and focus attention on the iPod in 2006.

"If early indications from suppliers prove correct, Apple is likely to move further from its Mac core in 2006, leveraging its brand and building on the consumer success of iPod," he told Forbes.

This seems unlikely given that Apple will be moving to Intel chips to power the Mac in 2006, suggesting that there will be new product innovations in the pipeline.

However, the analyst doesn't expect Apple's strategy next year to only be about the iPod. He believes Apple could announce its first real move into the digital entertainment hub market during Apple CEO Steve Jobs keynote address that kicks off Macworld Expo San Francisco in January. He expects an updated Mac mini with a remote control and Front Row software.