Originally Posted by Andrew Fields
Tim Cook says we will see new products throughout 2014, meaning we should see new products in the first half of 2014. Unlike this year, 2014 doesn't appear to be as predictable a year for Apple announcements. What do you think we'll see the next time Apple gets on stage? My money is on an iPad Pro, possibly in March-April. Other possibilities:
1. New Apple TV. This is due for an upgrade, but it's looking more likely that Apple doesn't want to take the next step with TV unless it's a big step.
For what it does Apple TV is fine. To take it to the next level they need to support apps but that rises problem as a machine suitable for games would have enough power to displace conventional computer sales. I suspect this is why we haven't yet seen an AppleTV that supports apps. Apple may very well hold its big thumb over AppleTV to prevent expanded capabilities.
2. Next generation of MacBook Air with retina display. There have been rumors of such a device for awhile, but I don't think it's gonna happen. I think the 12" retina display computer is going to be an iPad Pro... A professional class touch screen computer, possibly with Final Cut Pro Touch, etc.
All of Apples computers will eventually get there. It is a matter of having the volume to support low power screens for the product. In any event I'm kinda hoping for a laptop with an enhanced A8 chip in it. I now this will create all sorts of issues with i86 compatibility but in the end I think it would bee a big win for Apple. That is if the ARM based laptop supports Mac OS/x fully.
3. iApparel. Wearables by Apple are coming, and I don't think it'll be in march, but as you all know, Apple announces new categories many months before they actually release them, so who knows, but I'd doubt it. The more I think about this category, the more exciting it becomes though.
I don't really see a big demand for wearables to be honest. They would need a compelling feature to get me to wear such crap.
4. iWallet event, a few months before WWDC to get the ball rolling in time for the late year upgrade cycle and possibly new product categories that may deploy such a service. Apple doesn't call Touch ID forward thinking by accident. That slogan makes me think that a big push into authentication-type services could be sooner rather than later. This disturbs me a little because Apple hasn't exactly been a world-beater in the services department, and while iCloud, Siri, and Maps sit still in the back of the class, Apple is going to introduce yet another big service?
Your perspective here is crap. Maps worked for me right out of the box and has successfully functioned fine for me every time I've used it. The problem with Maps is that a small minority expected a copy of Google Maps which was never Apples intention, nor is it Apples style to copy. Admittedly iCloud suck but that agains is my perspective, Apple most likely implemented what they wanted implemented and frankly my use of iCloud is pretty transparent. IClouds biggest issue i\s the way files are managed or to say can't be managed by the user. As for Siri what do you expect from it?
Speaking of which, can anybody think of an important short term use case for Siri as a service? What a disappointment.
Your mind is full of negativity here. If Siri doesn't work for you who's fault is it?
As for the next Keynote or few keynotes, here are some guesses:
- A larger iPad.
- A new iPad touch with A7. This would be hell on wheels really.
- Possibly a new AppleTV.
- A replacement for the Mini. Ideally a machine that makes up some of the slack in the lineup between the Mini and the Mac Pro.
- ARM based Mac OS/X devices. Most likely laptops.
- iInstrumentation. Yes I'm biased here being in the technical trades but Apple could take iOS and implement one hell of a multimeter like device,