Originally Posted by MMTM1983
place your bets now on what it be called????
Even though it's been rumored that SJ never liked the "i" next to every new device they sell (i thought i heard that someplace)...I think if this new "thing" is going to communicate with all other iOS and/or OS X devices, I think the "i" has to be there. I think the reason why the Apple TV didn't have the "i" in it was two-fold...one was that it is just a "hobby", more like a beta iTV. Second, is because of the British network (iTV) that currently owns the TM on the name. But i digress...i'm thinking iPanel, but even that doesn't fully describe what (IMO) is will do. My hopes are that it's like a the digital hub to your home. iHub doesn't really jive to me. It could be even an new nomenclature entirely, but I'm thinking the "i" has to be there to tell the lay-people subconsciously that it's part of the iDevices they all know and love.
iHome would been just OK if another company didn't already have the TM
iLife would have been great if Apple didn't already have that as a software Suite name. However, I think they actually almost have dropped that since all new Macs now come with the full iLife suite now.
Or, it could be something totally new and different. by the sounds of the rumors, it could be something that could define a whole new type of computing device, thus changing to a whole new naming strategy altogether.
For me, now that I have one of everything Apple (MB, iPhone, iPad, iPod Classic, Apple TV, Airport Extreme) I find that I use my iDevices about 90% of the time and my MB about 10% of the time. For me, really the only need for the laptop is the digital hub that stores all my data that gets synced to my iDevices...And that's simply because the iDevices have no way of possibly storing everything I own digitally. Wireless speeds and cost to store Data in iCloud and iTunes Match are just two things that prevents me to from that option. So my hope is that this iPanel (or whatever) is that last bit to convince me that I probably don't need a full computer for my home needs. I only use my computer to store my itunes, download new stuff, very light word processing and Numbers work that I could do on my iPad, and organize/edit photos.
I'm almost thinking that if/when this new thing comes out, it might start the ball rolling for Apple to actually shift the company/consumers almost completely away from computers in general and into a new terrain of the digital home. I've been waiting for something like a storage hub that talks to every iDevice I own for a while now. This new device could be it. But I'm about 50/50 on if that's really what this new thing is.
What I'd like it to be is something that replaces both my computer and my TV Entertainment center into a single device that talks to all my other iDevices. So if my significant other wants to watch TV but I want to do the bills, I can transfer that data to my iPad (as an instant save/sync like in Mountain Lion), pick up the iPad and continue. Then when the show is over, I can continue working on the TV screen if I so desire. If i'm watching a show but need to get on the plane in 2 hours, I can instantly transfer the show to my iDevice and watch the rest on the plane. Of course for it to fit most users, it's going to have to have external jacks for things like a surround sound system and a Blu-Ray and whatever Cable TV you may choose, that has to happen. I mean, they could start their own service to bypass that, but the rumor mill hasn't shown any sign of that so I'd say it won't have the capability (if ever) for some time. But, this is all just dreaming now.
Edited by antkm1 - 5/28/12 at 11:03pm