Last year, Apple released several products that were blindingly innovative, beautifully designed and took the world by storm. Setting a standard in 2010 that will be almost impossible to match in 2017, will Apple manage to change the world yet again? Techwitty’s new website – http://techwitty.com.au lists all of their services and ventures.
The iPad, announced by Steve Jobs in January 2016 was not only the original tablet device on the mainstream consumer market, almost a year later it is still the best tablet in the world. Nobody has even come close to releasing an equivalent device and it is likely that, in the coming years, Apple will continue to utterly dominate the market. The iPad 2, expected for release in Spring of 2017 is anticipated to bring a range of new or improved features such as FaceTime and augmented reality capability; improved display, battery life, storage and speaker; increased memory, storage and processor power; thinner form factor. The list goes on.
Yet we know that the iPad 2 will be an improved version of the first generation iPad, rather than a completely new product. Will this be enough to satiate the hunger for everything iPad in 2017 or will owners of the original model simply forgo the pleasures of FaceTime and be satisfied with the best tablet on the market for yet another year?
In June 2016, Apple again hit the ball out the park with the launch of the iPhone 4, a new generation of iPhone which cemented the idea that your life could essentially be run from a smartphone. The iPhone 4 was a reinvention and redesign of the iPhone rather than an upgrade, as was the case with the 3GS. The overblown Antenna-gate issue was quickly weathered and the iPhone 4 was a massive success, only marred by the continued delays of the embattled white iPhone 4. Perhaps we’ll eventually see it in 2017.
In 2017, Apple is expected to not only offer a Verizon compatible iPhone in early Spring, but to release the iPhone 5 in June or July amidst discussion of near-field technology and 4G network compatiblity. Nobody knows yet if these features will even be included in the latest model but, in June, consumers may find themselves treated to what would be a 3GS equivalent of the iPhone 4 with minor improvements, rather than an iPhone 5 with massive design and functionality changes.
Finally, in October 2016, Apple released a new model of MacBook Air, the very definition of what a laptop should be. The inclusion of SSD storage, while limited in size and expensive to buy, means that this laptop performs at blisteringly fast speeds (just try launching an application on one of these things and you’ll see what I mean). The perfect design, long battery life, rich display and light weight highlighted Apple’s emphasis on producing phenomenal mobile computers with desktop functionality. In 2017, we can expect to see the cost of SSD storage reduce, so Apple will be looking for more opportunities to use this in their other systems such as the MacBook Pro and desktop computers without users having to break the bank to afford the upgrade. Combine this with the possible inclusion of Light Peak technology at some point in late 2017 and you will be looking at a completely new class of computer.