This year, far more than in years past, we Apple watchers see more potential for more products and variants than in years past. Something wicked big this way comes. But what is it? Here’s my list.
Wish We Could Say More
That iOS 8 for iPhone and iPad, and OS X 10.10 Yosemite for Mac, are coming very soon is an absolute given. Apple said both would be here ‘this fall’ and there’s no cause for doubt.
Fall is also when Apple unveils new iPhones, and last year’s model was the interim iPhone 5s– the “s” being the calm before the storm.
So, it’s rightfully expected that Apple has much more in store for customers of the world’s most popular smartphone this year.
The list of potential features this year is huge; far more than in years past.
For example, we’ve heard of Apple’s investment into sapphire screens. We can expect and iPhone with a larger screen, possibly even two models. But will sapphire be the screen cover on both models?
It’s time to ditch the 8GB models of anything, and move into really mass storage of 128GB. Hey, the iPad Air has a 128GB option, why not the iPhone?
Apple watchers expect improvements in Touch ID, and integration with third party apps, so that’s not a surprise. What about iPhone 6c, the plastic counterpart to newer, larger iPhone models, but using technology from the iPhone 5s?
What about pricing? Apple doesn’t usually discount but a larger iPhone phablet device, with a 5.5-inch display and much larger battery could easily be priced $100 more than the smaller 4.7-inch version.
What about names? iPhone 6? iPhone mini (the iPhone 6c)? iPhone Pro? iPhone Air?
One More Thing To Rock It
Apple executives have done more than hint around about new product offerings this year, and the company has hired on a bunch of fashion executives, biometric sensor engineers, and retail gurus.
What’s brewing? iWatch? How much? What will it do differently than the current crop of anemic so-called smartwatches?
Remember, there were smartphones before the iPhone, and Steve Jobs ridiculed them as “not very smart.” Apple’s take on technology segments where there are already multiple players usually ends up with some disruption of the industry. iPod. iPhone. iPad.
Not only does iOS 8 come with HealthKit, a way for developers to create health-centric apps, but there’s the potential for Apple to expand and improve on the moribund state of the mobile payments industry. Apple has over half a billion credit card carrying customers. Mobile payments is an industry ripe for picking and potential. If so, how? If not, why not? And, one more thing– NFC.
Apple seems to be setting us up for a huge rock concert of new products and new industry segments; sapphire, multiple iPhones, health, home, financial industry segments. Whatever it is, something big this way comes.