The next months will finally see ASIC miners come into play, which will increase the global network hashrate by an amount never seen before. Of course, mining difficulty will then increase accordingly, but there will be a (how small?) timeframe where those new devices will be generating lots and lots of new coins. Then, as difficulty increases, mining new bitcoins will become increasingly harder.
How is this going to affect bitcoin prices (apart from market speculation which has been quite wild lately)?
My guess is that prices will drop when ASIC devices start mining, and then they will steadily rise because mining botcoins will never be so easy anymore. But then, of course, I'm not the only one guessing this... thus, lots of people will probably think "now it's a good time to buy bitcoins" and this will keep the prices high.
What do you think about this?