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Apple's Unpredictablity

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Apple Inc. has always been unpredictable when Steve Jobs was in control of the company. Back in 2007, we thought Apple Inc. was just a computer company, that had expanded to MP3 players in the early 21st century. They release an iPhone and completely redefined the cell phone and smartphone. 3 years later, they went further to increase their product line to include a tablet and redefined that category as well. They wanted to prove that they were unpredictable with innovation (iPhone, iPad, etc.) Apple has strayed away from being unpredictable with innovation to becoming unpredictable with their products.

Being unpredictable with innovation is one thing. It gives you the competitive advantage, it gets consumers really interested in your products and shows that you are the better choice among your competitors. The iPhone was the only phone like it when it came out in 2007. There was smartphones, sure like a RIM Blackberry, and flip phones; but there was nothing like the iPhone. Not many bar shaped phones that only used 4 buttons and a switch to control the phone. It was an entire screen that responded to touch, something that would be crazy to think of at the start of the century. The iPad changed things again; it was like a giant iPhone, but it was a tablet. Steve Jobs proudly walked out on stage to announce it and showed everyone that we all needed this product in our lives. He motivated us to go buy one because it was a necessity. The iPad mini came out recently in October and its the closest thing Apple has come to being unpredictable with innovation since the iPad. One could argue that the iPad mini is just a smaller iPad so it doesn’t really count as an innovation. Apple needs to innovate again, create something before everyone else does. iWatch or an iCar, but a full blown Apple TV is not really innovation, because it has already been done. Samsung, RIM, Nokia and other similar companies haven’t created a SmartWatch and it would be perfect for Apple to create it. There would be a big press event, Tim Cook would proudly walk on stage and announce this innovation that was unheard of and create the need for one. He would need to motivate us, almost like Steve Jobs did that we need this product in our lives. They need to show their unpredictability with innovation and creation again.

They tried in 2012 to show their unpredictability with their products, but it didn’t remind us how they are innovative. Starting in the first quarter of 2012, they released the 3rd generation, not called the iPad 3 (as most of us expected), but called the “new iPad”. No one really predicted that Apple would not attach a number to the product to identify the advancement and next generation of the product. A few months later, the iPhone 5 was released with a screen size that was nothing like the past generations of iPhones. They have all had the same screen size, until the iPhone 5. Rumors were spread that the 6th generation iPhone would have a larger screen, but many people dismissed this idea because the iPhone wouldn’t change that much. Then, the iPad with Retina came out this past Autumn. Apple tried to show us that they are not predictable, releasing two iPads in one year?? WHATTTT??? Not calling it the iPad 4 or new new iPad??? All they did was change a few small things of the “new iPad”, slapped a new name on it and angered hundreds of loyal customers that had just purchased the “new iPad”. Apple is stuck in rut of showing that they are unpredictable with products, not with innovation.

2013 needs to be the year that they release a new innovative product that changes the way we currently think about a technology. Whether it be a watch or a car or a television (although the latter has already been done and redone), it needs to be something or else Apple is going to continue downhill and be wiped out within a decade. Apple needs to get back to what it does best. Yes, be unpredictable with products. Release two iPhones this year, release two iPads and give us some new MacBooks, but give us another product to be excited about. Give us an innovation that would blow Apple out of this rut and back on top where it belongs. Give us something we need, something unheard of. If the market doesn’t exist for the product, Apple will make it exist. Apple is very powerful and can convince everyone that this product is a necessity in our lives. Apple Inc. is no longer Steve Jobs, but it is Tim Cook. It is under a new leader and new management and needs to show us that it has new ideas. It has new innovations and it is unpredictable because it thinks different.

-Kevin

iPad Comparison

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iPad 2 New iPad (3rd gen.) iPad with Retina (4th gen.) iPad mini
Display 9.7″ LED-backlit glossy widescreen with IPS technology, fingerprint resistant coating 9.7″ LED-backlit display with IPS technology, fingerprint resistant coating 9.7″ LED-backlit display with IPS technology, fingerprint resistant coating 7.9″ LED-backlit display with IPS technology, fingerprint resistant coating
Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels at 132ppi Retina Display: 2048 x 1536 pixels at 264ppi Retina Display: 2048 x 1536 pixels at 264ppi 1024 x 768 pixels at 163ppi
Battery Power 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, up to 10 hours 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, up to 10 hours 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, up to 10 hours 16.3-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, up to 10 hours
Processors dual-core A5 with dual-core graphics dual-core A5X with quad-core graphics dual-core A6X with quad-core graphics dual-core A5 with dual-core graphics
Cellular (WiFi + Cellular models only) 3G 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Dock Connector 30-pin 30-pin Lightning Lightning
Voice Assistant None Siri (iOS 6 needed) Siri Siri
Speakers One One One Two
Prices (found on the US Apple Store website) $399 16gb WiFi only$529 16gb WiFi + Cellular Refurbished models only (prices as of 01/10/13):$549 64gb WiFi only$509 16gb WiFi + Cellular

$599 32gb WiFi + Cellular

$679 64gb WiFi + Cellular

$499 16gb WiFi only$599 32gb WiFi only

$699 64gb WiFi only.

$629 16gb WiFi + Cellular

$729 32gb WiFi + Cellular

$829 64gb WiFi + Cellular.

$329 16gb WiFi only$429 32gb WiFi only

$529 64gb WiFi only

$459 16gb WiFi + Cellular

$559 32gb WiFi + Cellular

$659 64gb WiFi + Cellular.

Height, Width and Depth H: 9.50 inches, W: 7.31 inches, D: 0.34 inches H: 9.50 inches, W: 7.31 inches, D: 0.37 inches H: 9.50 inches, W: 7.31 inches, D: 0.37 inches H: 7.87 inches, W: 5.30 inches, D: 0.28 inches
Weight WiFi: 1.33 pounds,WiFi + Cellular: 1.34 pounds (Verizon), 1.35 pounds (all others) WiFi: 1.44 pounds, WiFi + Cellular: 1.46 pounds WiFi: 1.44 pounds, WiFi + Cellular: 1.46 pounds WiFi: 0.68 pounds, WiFi + Cellular: 0.69 pounds
Camera (front and back) Front: 0.3MP photos and videos; Back: 0.7MP photos and videos. Front: 0.3MP  photos, 480p videos; Back: 5MP photos, 1080p HD videos Front: 1.2MP photos, 720p HD videos; Back: 5MP photos, 1080p HD videos Front: 1.2MP photos, 720p HD videos; Back: 5MP photos, 1080p HD videos
Other features Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope
Quick Notes The iPad 2 is a great, cheaper version of the iPad. This is the one I have, and it is amazing.  The Retina display is better than the display of the iPad 2, but it is also more expensive. This one is like an iPad 3rd generation, with minor improvements. The mini is like a hybrid between an iPad 2 and an iPad 4th gen.
Pros the price, it’s an iPad, same “Other Features” as the other iPads, lightweight, long lasting battery, has 2 cameras as compared to iPad has Retina display, works on 4G LTE, nice back camera (same MP as iPhone 4), great Bluetooth and has quad-core graphics has Retina display, Siri, lightning connector, cameras improved (as compared to iPad 3rd gen.), really fast chip (A6X) smaller screen, has lightning connector and Siri, a good mix between the iPad 2 and iPad 4th gen., good cameras, has two speakers
Cons Both cameras are horrible (not even 1MP), not a Retina display Obsolete (hard to buy a new one), different dock connector than iPhone 5, front camera is the same as the iPad 2 Came out 6 months after iPad 3rd gen., minor improvements, still only dual-core processor and only has one speaker No Retina display, price a little high

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New iPhone Concept

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Apple is a really great innovative company that is now becoming (unfortunately) predictable in the sense that we know what products they will release this year and what they will roughly look like. Not only we know, but so do Apple’s competitors. Samsung, Google, etc. can expect a new iPhone this year with the same design. So if Apple keeps this up: a new redesign every 2 years and a upgrade to the internal components every other year, then there won’t be much to look forward to. Apple needs to blow our minds again and create a product so different than anything they have ever made. They need to recreate the iPhone again.

The iPhone has had roughly the same design since it was launched in 2007. For starters, it had a rounded back for the first 3 generations then changed to a flat box like back for next 3 generations. Applications have always remained squares with rounded edges, there’s a limit to either 20 or 16 spots on the first page (depending on the iPhone you have) and you can’t customize the apps at all by not putting them in the strict grid that Apple has set on each screen (without jail breaking). It seems like the iPhone doesn’t share much design qualities as other Apple products.

Apple needs to create a new iPhone that has a brand new design (throw out the previous designs), start from scratch and really innovate something that will blow away the competition.

So my idea (we can call it iPhone) is just that. It’s by no means perfected, but it’s something to definitely look into.

Please note that everything that follows are not all completely my idea. I used their concepts as an inspiration for my idea. The iPhone design based on the iPod nano is a concept idea by Federico Ciccarese of ciccaresedesign and the multitasking concept is a real jailbreak by a forum member at The Verge

My iPhone:
Design
The outside would be similar to that of the iPod nano. It would have a flat back and be very slim. The metal ring that has existed on the iPhone since it was created would be gone. The sides of the iPhone would be curved like the nano. I personally think we could do away with the home button, but for this one we can keep it at the bottom. It would come in multiple colors too, such as green, pink, blue, black, white, etc.

The camera would be at least 10MP if not more, 5 lens and all that existing camera stuff. The screen would be full on HD and it could be called Retina HD. It would be a higher pixels per inch number that way everything, no matter how far you are from the screen, it would look great.

Interface
The apps would no longer be squares with rounded edges. They wouldn’t need to have a strict shape (like on the Mac), the iTunes app could be circular and the mail app could be square-like. It would be very customizable and not have to align to the strict grid, either. Currently on the iPhone there is a Spotlight Search screen and then X number pages of apps to follow. My idea would add an additional page between the Search and the pages of apps. It would be called Dashboard (like the Mac) and it would allow the user to add widgets on to this page. There could be a widget for weather, music, google searching, etc.

Also the home screen and lock screen would adjust to landscape view (like the iPad). Current iPhone things like folders and multitasking would still be existent, but they would be recreated as well. Apple should look to the jailbreaking community to find ideas about how to do this. There’s a great multitasking jailbreak that would be amazing to actually see on the iPhone. Apple should definitely look into this.

Apple would need to make it easier to adjust Settings, like Wi-Fi, screen brightness and Bluetooth. At least give Siri permission to adjust these. She’s a big girl, she should be able to turn Wi-Fi on and off herself.

This iPhone would be a complete redesign for the next 3 generations. It would allow the user lots of customization, without needing to jailbreak. This would completely change the iPhone again (but in real terms).

Here are some pictures (I didn’t create them, though) of the potential new iPhone:

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2013 Expectations

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Hi, so here we go. It’s the last two days of 2012 and Apple has gave us a great year full of products. We saw new MacBooks (Air and Pros, some featuring Retina), a very very thin iMac, the new iPad (3rd generation), the iPad with Retina (4th generation), the iPad mini (but still every inch an iPad, well except the Retina part), iPhone 5, iOS 6, Mountain Lion for Mac, iTunes 11 (and other new software) and new redesigned iPods. It was overall a great year for Apple (minus the current stock price and Maps fail.)

However, we expect 2013 to be the best year yet at Apple. There’s a lot of products on my wish list to come out this coming year (such as the iTV and iWatch) and then there’s the expectations of what will come out. Apple has become predictable on some fronts. So here are my expectations for 2013 (in no particular order.). Enjoy!

    Apple Expectations for 2013:

1. iPad mini 2
This second generation mini will have the same relative design as the first generation, but it will feature new internal components. It should have a Retina display, perhaps a new higher MP camera, a faster chip and internal components similar to the iPad 3 and 4.

2. iPad with Retina (5th generation)
This iPad probably will feature a completely new design on the outside and on the inside. I mean Apple has kept the iPad relatively similar on the outside for the past 3 generations and it is time for an upgrade. I’m thinking (and this is just pure speculation) a 8MP camera, lightning port (well this one is a gimme), thinner form and perhaps something like the current mini, better front camera and really fast internal components.

3. iPhone 5S
Based on Apple’s past generation upgrades for the iPhone, it should be called the iPhone 5S and have the same similar design as the current iPhone 5. It will be the best iPhone 5 ever. The cameras may see an upgrade, the internal components will be upgraded too and it will allow the 4S owners to get a new iPhone. It may even feature NFC!!! I’m really looking forward to the “iPhone 6” (the 8th generation iPhone) because Apple can’t really make the phone any bigger but we will see.

4. iOS 7
This is going to happen no matter what. A new operating system for iDevices has been coming out every year since the beginning of time (or well since the iPhone.) I have no idea what it will feature, but it should at least have a new updated and better version of Apple Maps. It will probably be announced at WWDC 2013 in the Summer and be released in the Autumn.

5. new iPods
The forms on the newest iPods should stay relatively the same, but there might be some tweaks on the internal components. The current generation of the iPod touch will probably get an internal makeover to be something like the iPhone 5S. I’m still pushing for 3G/4G LTE on the touch, but people may argue that it would be too similar to the iPhone.

6. Some random cat OS 10.9 for the Mac
I have no idea what this will feature but it will be something along the lines of making iOS and the OS for the Mac very similar. Siri and Maps may even be put onto the Mac. However it won’t be a failure like Microsoft did for Windows 8.

7. new Macs (meaning the Mac mini and the Mac Pro)
One of these will produced in the United States and I really don’t know much about either of them. I’m more of an iDevice geek.

    Wish List for 2013:
  • iTV (like the Apple TV, but bigger and 50″ or so)
  • iWatch (see rumors section for more information)
  • iCar (features an iPad sized Retina touch screen to control the heat, etc. and super high tech)
  • Widgets for iOS (this is more like a dream)
  • I’m sure 2013 will be full of Apple Awesomeness! Only a few more days and we will find out :). Here’s to 2013 and to the crazy ones, the ones who change the world.

    Apple Store – Black Friday

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    It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means that it’s almost Black Friday. The day that officially kicks off Christmas shopping. Many places will offer amazing sales on Apple products (such as Walmart and Best Buy), but both the physical Apple Store and online Apple Store will be offering discounts too.

    They haven’t released their pricing plan yet, but we should see it real soon. But here is the sales offered last year:

    iPad 2 – $41 to $61 Off
    iPod nano – $11 off
    iPod Touch – $21 to $41 off
    MacBook Air – $101 off
    MacBook Pro – $101 off
    iMac – $101 off

    We will probably see something similar this year, lasting from early Black Friday morning to24 hours later.

    If you want really good discounts on Apple products, I suggest shopping elsewhere (like Walmart or Best Buy). With that said, don’t forget you can only get iDevices engraved and purchase (Product) Red iDevices via the Apple Store. Also you can do it in the comfort of your own home without having to leave and freeze to death outside.

    I’ll post the Apple prices on here once they are released 🙂 stay tuned and Happy Thanksgiving!!!