After the official announcement that Apple was certainly shopping for Beats for $three billion, Apple’s senior vice chairman of Web software program and providers Eddy Cue sat down with Walt Mossberg on the Code Convention this week and stated that Apple’s scheduled product releases for 2014 are “the most effective product pipeline” the corporate has had in 25 years. In typical Apple style, Cue didn’t elaborate additional on that aside from saying, “We don’t attempt to do too many issues. We need to do a couple of actually unimaginable issues. I consider sure merchandise we’ve obtained coming are nice.”
So simply what might this “greatest product pipeline” include? We’ve discovered the six almost definitely suspects.
A New Apple TV
Apple’s set prime Apple TV media streamer has gone from only a interest to a billion-greenback enterprise for the corporate. At present the system is in its third era--an incarnation which lets you purchase and lease films from the iTunes retailer, view your photographs from the cloud, mirror your iPhone, iPad, and Mac shows, and think about content material from a rising variety of channels.
However rumors have been circulating for years that Apple is engaged on some new TV tech. Whether or not this can be a correct tv set or a software program enlargement of the present Apple TV nobody is aware of. My guess is the corporate would do a serious software program replace for the Apple TV in its present type earlier than launching a devoted tv set. What would this software program entail that the present Apple TV software program doesn’t permit? My largest guess is the Apple TV would get its personal app, channel, and recreation shops and in addition function an non-compulsory gamepad so it could actually flip right into a semi-critical video games console.
A Streaming Music, Films & TV Service
In fact if Apple is engaged on a brand new Apple TV, likelihood is the corporate is planning to launch new streaming providers to go together with it. The preferred method individuals get their music these days is by streaming--which worries Apple as a result of iTunes at present depends on digital downloads. I think we’ll see some type of streaming service for music this yr (whether or not or not its associated to the Beats deal, who is aware of).
However yet one more widespread medium that has been taken over by streaming are films and TV exhibits. Netflix and Amazon Immediate are on hearth and if Apple retains out of the video streaming service space for for much longer iTunes may be critically broken. A streaming film and TV service together with a brand new Apple TV could possibly be a killer product in 2014’s pipeline.
Probably the most talked about as-but-unannounced Apple product this yr has been the rumored iWatch. Wearables are one of many hottest upcoming markets in tech and lots of gamers have already entered the ring--however nobody has figured it out but. Since Apple likes to bide its time and see different corporations attempt to fail first, it’s very doubtless we’ll see the iWatch by the top of this yr. What is going to it's like? Rumors say it'll have heavy biometric/well being options, however aside from that who is aware of. The iWatch can be the king of Cue’s “Greatest Product Pipeline” since it might be a completely new class from the corporate.
A MacBook Air/iPad Hybrid
The Floor three has been getting some rave critiques. To Microsoft’s credit score it has actually refined what was earlier than a mediocre pill/laptop computer hybrid. Within the course of they’ve confirmed there's a marketplace for hybrids--principally professionals who want each a laptop computer and a pill however hate carrying two units round. Provided that there have been rumors that Apple is popping out with a brand new MacBook Air with a completely new type issue, I feel a hybrid system can be an ideal match. Let’s additionally not overlook that there are rumors iOS eight will function the power to have a number of iOS apps open on-display on the similar time. Positive feels like a function any hybrid would wish. And picture one Apple gadget operating each iOS and OS X. Feels like a “greatest product” to me.
The iPad Professional
One other space the place Apple might actually wow is that if they got here out with an iPad Professional. This is able to fall into the eleven-thirteen inch measurement vary and be a killer gadget for graphic artists or anybody else who use the iPad to create multimedia content material. Think about a contact display of that measurement with all the facility of iOS behind it. A bigger-sized iPad makes loads of sense, not the least of which it will make the iPad line really feel “full” with the selection of three sizes: the iPad mini, the iPad Air, and the iPad Professional.
This final one is a digital certainty. At this level if Apple doesn’t come out with a much bigger iPhone the inventory will crash and other people will assume the corporate is so blind it may not acknowledge apparent shopper developments occurring proper in entrance of its face. The one place the smartphone sector is rising is for units with four.5-inch or bigger shows. Apple’s iPhone 5s has a comparatively small four-inch display. In 2014 anticipate to see Apple’s four.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6.
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