Who knows what the new year will bring for Apple and the Mac? Apparently, everyone else but me.
I just finished reading the 10th article of predictions for Apple in 2011. Maybe it’s too much to hope for one more thing, or, the next great thing, or something new that’s totally insanely great, but I can predict the future as well as the next Looney Tunes prognosticator.
Stating The Obvious
What’s coming from Apple this year? Come on. How hard can a prediction be? We already have smart phones and tablets and smaller and faster Macs. Anyone can predict the various iterations from what we already have in the product line.
For example, I predict we’ll have faster MacBook and MacBook Pro models by mid-year.
Why? Because that’s when Apple does it.
Likewise, it’s a safe bet that Apple will introduce a new line of iPods sometime in late summer (gotta get the factories cranking for the holidays). See? Predictions are easy.
Allow me to continue to state the obvious. Apple will introduce a new line of iMacs this year. And faster, more powerful MacPro models. I’m standing on the edge of the limb here, folks. Come on up. Jump up and down with me. It’s easy.
Even More Obvious Than Obvious?
How about this one? I’m sure you haven’t heard that Verizon will get the iPhone. What? You heard it, too. Oh well. Wait. Will it be the iPhone 4 running on Verizon’s CDMA network, or will it be an iPhone 5 that goes fully 4G, as in LTE (not the crappy 4G touted by T-Mobile and Sprint)?
iPhone 5? 4G LTE? Nah, that’s a safe bet, too. It’s as safe as a Mac App Store. Or, a new iPad model.
Prognosticating just ain’t what it used to be, you know?
So, just to recap and refresh—new Macs, new iPads, new iPhones, iPhone on Verizon, iOS 5, Mac OS X Lion King, and, my favorite. A white iPhone. If I’m anything, I’m daring to encroach the outer limits of this tree branch with the obvious.
The Devil’s In The Details
Anyone can do broad paint stroke predictions while surfing the web, chatting, and emailing at 35,000 feet. But can you dance with the details?
What exactly will be in Mac OS X Lion beyond the user interface touches from iOS? Suddenly, I have a twitch. Faster? More secure? Multiple Docks? A friendly Finder? Built-in malware protection?
Speaking of operating systems, what would Apple dump into iOS 5 to curl up our toes? Voice recognition that works? iPhone 5 LTE only on Verizon in the US (take that AT&T service)?
How about some improvements to MobileMe?
Nah, don’t mess with success, I always say.
How about 3G/4G iPads with cell phone carrier subsidies to bring the price down to $299? Can you feel the limb shaking? Did that noise sound like a crack to you?
Here’s one. How about streaming music from iTunes? Everyone’s been clamoring for streaming music over the internet (feel free to use the word cloud), and we know how successful that’s been for Apple’s iTunes Store competitors.
I sweat to the oldies and the details of prediction. I see dual cameras in your iPad’s future. Front and back. FaceTime for all. Here’s yet another. Goodbye, FireWire, we hardly knew ye. Long live and prosper Light Peak. I don’t know what that means. It sounds technical and futuristic. You know, like Tron. It came to me while sleeping in the shower.
Clouded Computing Visions
Once I regained consciousness, all I could think of was iWork 2011 and iWork.com with visions of cloud computing floating in my head. My vision is fuzzy, but it’s there, the unmistakable look of HyperCard 2011 for iPad users, awaiting a birthing in the App Store.
Right behind that, blurred slightly by the fumes of Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer being roasted over an open pit and bar-b-qued by Microsoft’s investors, is Apple TV. No, not AppleTV. An Apple TV. That one was just too easy. Everyone knows there’s tons of money to be made in TVs.
By the end of 2011, Apple will become the world’s largest digital bookstore. Apple will buy Netflix. And maybe France. Apple executives go Lady Gaga over Peugeot Citroën designs. I predict Google’s heavy hand and search engine spam will cause the search giant to go the way of Facebook which will go the way of MySpace which went the way of AOL and eWorld.
Oh, if only there was big money in predicting Apple’s future.