What are your predictions?
A whole lotta meh. :)
Dude, don't get me started on the fanboy thing. The Apple hate I've seen on forums recently from Android fanboys has been sickening. Whatever happened to buying the device that fits your needs?
Do you want a slick device with an established ecosystem? Buy an iPad. Do you want a less expensive device with more customization options? Buy a Nexus 7. Are you brain dead? Buy a Surface :)
"Really the 7" iPad Mini is too large, yet the iPod Touch is too small at 4". And for others the 10" iPad isn't quite big enough. Introducing the iPad Smedium 5.5" and the iPad XL 22.2", both with Retina displays. And they ship next Monday. Magical. Revolutionary. We really think you're going to like them."
-Apple WWDC 2013
Really dude? They're adding another size in order to compete with the emerging 7" market. They have small (iPhone/iPod touch), medium, large. Is that a big deal? One thing Android users have touted for years is the large amount of choice available. Why is it a negative when Apple does it, but a positive when everyone else does?
I understand their reason behind an iPad Mini, to compete in the 7" arena. What I'm really mocking is Apple's keen ability to market minute, incremental changes to existing products and suddenly they're GROUNDBREAKING ACHIEVEMENTS.
Regarding the Nexus 7, it's not a phone so it can't be considered a larger GNex. Apple, on the other hand, has always had an iPod: a (now) touchscreen device devoid of cellular data services. iPads at their core are merely larger versions of this same product.
Apple has always been over the top in their marketing, however, some of their stuff HAS been groundbreaking. C'mon, I think even the staunchest Android guy can admit that the iPhone changed the game. It wasn't the first touchscreen phone, but it was the first really GOOD touchscreen phone.
As for the larger iPod thing - whatever, I still disagree with you on that. When Google debuts the bigger Nexus 7 (Nexus 10?), will you be doing the same thing then?
If iPad mini is somehow under $300, I'll be surprised. I know Apple historically has been willing to cannibalize other products like the iPod Classic by releasing the iPod touch at a similar price point. A sub-$300 iPad mini would certainly impact sales of iPod touch...
The Nexus 7 is absolutely perfect size-wise. If Apple can release something close... My gosh that'd be awesome.
I think they're going to lead off heavy with education. I think that's the angle they're going to play with the smaller iPad.
It would be great to see a 13" retina mbp, but I hear there have been production issues.
Also, I wouldn't be surprised if there are quiet updates to the iMac.
The number one thing I want that they won't announce is an 11" Retina MacBook Air.
A Macbook Air with a 1440mAh iPhone battery-- makes it even LIGHTER weight, and just enough juice to boot up and run for about two minutes. This will force the user to work faster and more efficiently, thus boosting productivity. Magical.
I think an app store for education would be too much. Apple already segments its stores into Newsstand, iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store. A fifth would be too much. I like Google Play in that you can search once and it shows you results for each area in one screen. Everything is under a single icon on your screen and unlike Newsstand, it can be put into a folder or moved out the way if desired.
Brad - are you familiar with Guided Access on iOS6? I use it with my kids. You can lock them into an app, disable hardware controls... Not the same as a group policy but useful nonetheless. I'd really love to see Apple implement something like what the new Kindle Fire HD has: user accounts/better parental controls.
I think a slightly updated iPad 3* that uses the Lightning connector will be released along side the mini. @Carl - iOS fragmentation is minor compared to Android's... And if the rumors are true, the iPad mini should have same resolution as first- and second-gen iPad. Won't require adjusting apps at all for the smaller physical screen size.
I'd take a retina display macbook air. price point will be interesting. if these are just mini versions of things, it won't be interesting if they don't bring anything new to the table... if that true, why is it a presentation instead of just showing up on their website?
If they do pull off at $250 ipad mini (which would essentially be a ipad2) i wouldn't bite. it'd have to be a mini New Ipad (ipad 3)
I never felt buyers remorse from an apple product because it was great for a long time. android not so much until google took ownership with the nexus devices.
i could see how consumers would be mad about the 4th generation ipad now... but other than that. i think Apple made there point. the rule the roost.
@Will Well, that have been trough for years, but changed a few years ago with Apps (Euro 0,79) and later the products. But now they are thinking that Euros are Dollars with the iPad Mini, and the iPhone 5 has been worse. A simlock free version in the US is $659 and a sim lock free one in the Netherlands is 670. I'm not liking that (everything Apple is getting more expensive for us than for you :( ).
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch