Some of the most exciting new ideas are built upon old concepts, and revolutionize the ways in which we utilize things that have been around for so long that we hardly give them a second thought anymore. Improvements to seemingly small and insignificant things can greatly enhance the quality of our daily lives (thank you, Sleep Number bed!), and since many of us spend a large portion of our days sitting behind a desk, it’s the perfect place for Apple to work its transformative techno-magic.
Ever wanted to know just how far technology has jumped ahead in the last 22 years? According to Bret Swanson at Tech Policy Daily (via Cult of Mac), you can get the best idea simply by considering what it would have cost to build the current iPhone back then. According to his estimates, it would have cost Apple more than $3 million to build an equally capable machine in 1991, and that's on the cheap side.
Business before pleasure? Hardly. Apple has been delivering both for years now, and the way we see it, the company is perfectly positioned to continue that trend. Time and time again, Apple has proven its ability to change our lives with devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, often perfecting existing ideas or filling voids that nobody else realized existed. But given the secretive nature of the crew in Cupertino, Apple fans and analysts alike constantly find themselves wondering: how will they follow it up? What’s the Next Big Thing? We admit that we’re no different, and it’s all too easy to let our imaginations run wild about the type of mouth-watering tech that Apple will unveil next.
Lots of cool stuff to chat about on this final Friday morning of September, 2012, including iPhone 5 support for Netflix and Camera+ as well as an all-new iPad edition of the latter. And hey, looks like our parent company is raking in the scratch thanks to Apple's Newsstand, so pop the cork on the champagne for that!
It took multiple meetings, several bags of candy corn, and plenty of deliberation to put together those last three fauxtotypes you just read through, but some of our favorite ideas didn’t make the cut. Here’s a look at our own personal wish list for what we’d like Apple to manufacture. You never know, it could happen.
Modern car decks are messy, clunky blasphemers of Apple’s simple design principles. That’s why Apple should change them forever with the Apple Deck--not just for incredible profits, but as vengeance for the travesties created by major stereo and deck manufacturers.
Apple didn’t invent the digital music player, but when was the last time you saw someone listening to MP3s on something other than an iPod? Still, gone are the days when the original iPod’s 1,000-song capacity could wow music fans. In the age of ubiquitous network connectivity, we want everything, all the time. And now that Apple has ironed the kinks out of storing music online, the next logical evolution of the iPod is that it gets smaller and more connected. And by small, we mean small. In fact, the iPod of 2015-or iPod Air, as we like to call it -- could be called the “iPod-less iPod.”
The guys at Cupertino are always coming up with something new, from iPods that function as phones to full-fledged tablet computers. It's easy to forget that once upon a time, patents for devices like the iPhone and iPad left us scratching our heads (check out this blog post from 2006, if you need proof). To this day, Apple keeps us on our toes, and we can't help but wonder what amazing gadget will appear from their latest crazy patent applications. So, we scoured Patently Apple for 10 of the lastest, most ridiculous patents we could find -- only because we know, one day, Apple will surprise us with yet another device that will blow us away.
To most fans, Apple can do no wrong. But we can all agree that there are a few things Apple could do more right. From near field communication to 4G, there are more than just a few technologies we'd like to see in the iOS devices of the future. We're sure some of these will come to fruition sooner than others, but either way, here's to wishful thinking.
No visit to Apple's future would be complete without fuzzy "spy shots" of upcoming Apple gear. And of course, there's a long history of Photoshopped fakes getting the Twitternet chattering. While occasional product leaks happen—remember the iPhone 4 brouhaha last spring?—Apple is a master of controlling what gets out and what doesn't. But Apple fans are so hungry for details it's no wonder that fakes can quickly gain traction. And rolling out your own Apple fake is surprisingly easy. Just follow our step-by-step guide to grabbing your 15 seconds of internet fame.