2013 was an excellent year for Apple products. We saw many next generation products and a couple new, unexpected products. As expected, we saw a second generation iPad mini (although it was unsure whether it would have a Retina display or not), the fifth generation iPad with the redesign, the iPhone 5s (with a similar design to the iPhone 5) and iOS 7 with an announcement at WWDC and release in Autumn. We saw (and were not expecting) the iPhone 5c and fifth generation iPod touch 16GB.
Tim Cook has reflected on 2013 to Apple’s employees in a memo recently and has cited “big plans” for 2014. Each year seems to improve for Apple and we are mostly beyond what Steve Jobs has helped develop before his death. Here are the expectations for iDevices in 2014 (many are a given):
1. iPhone 6 (or iPhone air)
The iPhone 6 will feature a redesign with better internal components then the iPhone 5s, a larger display (possibly 4.8 to 5 inches) and may be released in May.
2. iPhone 6c
Apple may release the next generation device to the iPhone 5c or they may stick with an update every other year. They have never released a less expensive iPhone so this one is up in the air. I am anticipating a similarly designed iPhone 6c with updated colors. The iPhone 5c will likely become free with a new two-year contract.
3. iPad air (2nd generation)
The next generation iPad air should feature a similar design with updated internal components (A8 chip, M8 chip, etc.) It will likely come with Touch ID, a higher resolution display (Retina HD?) and be released in Autumn.
4. iPad mini with Retina (3rd generation)
This new iPad mini would theoretically be redesigned (based on Apple’s past history). It will also likely feature Touch ID and also be released in Autumn.
A larger iPad has been rumored for the education market with a screen display around 12.9 inches. It would be a hybrid device between the iPad air and MacBook Air. The iPad pro could be considered a substitute to the MacBook air.
The iWatch may be seen in 2014, since Samsung released their Galaxy gear this past year. Apple has interest in the wearable technology market, but may be holding out for the right moment. If they are going to release a wearable device, they want to do it right.
7. iOS 8
The next generation operating system is a given and will likely be announced at WWDC and released in the Fall (unless the iPhone 6 is released in May like rumored to be). It should feature more gesture/multitouch controls, the same design with many bugs fixed and a lot of new features. I am still hoping for widgets.
Apple released new iPods in 2012 and we should see updated models this year. The iPods should roughly stay the same, but include better internal components. I doubt Apple would kill off the iPod classic (unless they updated it) because there still is a market for 160GB of music.
9. Innovative Technology
Although not completely rumored, Tim Cook did hint at something in 2013. I expect we will see a new product, unforeseen. You may argue I expect this every year, and that is true. The past year, the unexpected product was the iPhone 5c.
Wishlist for 2014:
- iCar- the next generation of cars featuring smarter technology
- more integration between iDevices and Mac (i.e. wireless charging for iPhone within 1 foot of iMac or something)
The featured image of the iPhone 6 is from TechFaster and created by Jared DiPane.