Apple will be busy this year cranking out updates to its hottest mobile products ever, in addition its first real entry into the living room. The rumor-mill is buzzing as to what new features will be included in the iPad 3, 15″ MacBook Air, iPhone 5 and iTV. Here’s the rundown on what I think you should expect from Apple in 2012.
Apple owns the tablet market hands down, but that hasn’t stopped the innovation. Expect the iPad 3 to include a faster A6 processor, high-resolution Retina Display currently found on the iPhone 4/4S, and a much needed camera upgrade. Add a bluetooth keyboard at time of purchase, and you just may leave your laptop at home.
15″ MackBook Air
Laptop aficionados drooled over the 11 & 13″ MacBook Air UltraBooks introduced over a year ago. Other brands have followed suit and launched their own versions of the slim-profile, quick-booting devices. Apple will continue to stay on top of the game with a 15″ version, giving people even more screen real estate, but in the same super-slim form factor that will guarantee more eyes looking over your shoulder when you whip out your “Air” at your local coffee shop.
Even though the most talked about gadget last year was the iPhone 4S, most of the rumors leading up to its launch were based on a totally new design. In the end, Apple simply opted for an iPhone 4 just with more features – Which most of the population gladly bough anyway. Make no mistake this time around, Apple is planning to release the real iPhone 5 with a larger 4+ inch display, aluminum back similar to the iPad, blazingly fast 4G/LTE connectivity.
Apple has been trying to infiltrate the living room for quite some time. The current AppleTV set-top boxes have made a small splash, but Apple wants to go bigger and it’s all but confirmed the release of a Smart TV that will connect to the web (more importantly, your iTunes account), and can display content streamed from your other Apple devices on the same network (See: all the devices above). Other rumored features include apps that major content providers will use to deliver free or premium content in more of an “a la carte” format.
Whether you’re an Apple enthusiast, looking for the next hot gadget, or have disposable income burning a hole in your pocket, Apple will not disappoint in 2012.
Which one will you be standing in line for?
…and by standing in line, I mean I certainly hope you choose to avoid the lines and buy online direct from Apple for “day of release” delivery.