Today, it takes commitment to be wired everywhere you go. Lugging around a bag crammed with—at a minimum—an iPhone, MacBook, and headphones sometimes makes us feel like we’re schlepping more than a sherpa. Come 2017, the iScroll will not only free us all from those burdens, but it’ll also wire us up like never before.
Think of the MacBook Eco as a hybrid car you can toss in your backpack. Just as a Prius is powered by a combination of gasoline and electricity, the MacBook Eco will stay running with a mashup of technologies that includes solar energy, piezoelectric power, and wireless electricity.
The age of wonder is just beginning. Each morning, we shove devices into our pockets that, as kids, we could only goggle at on Star Trek. Now we can Google on them, and that’s not even vaguely impressive. We live in an era when every day sees past science fiction become contemporary mundane reality, and like you, that only whets our thirst for more.
With Apple’s talent for staggering us with innovative design, Cupertino will likely be at the forefront of our culture’s next big holy-crap gadget. Just as surely, Jobs & Co. will keep it nailed down under bulletproof wraps right up until they’re good and ready to tell the world about it.
Editor's Note:After reading the Google/Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal, we wondered just what would happen if it was actually adopted by the FCC. So we took a guess with a correspondence from the future.
Are you old enough to remember the Internet as it was first imagined: A place of free expression, shared information and equality of access?
This year we asked other journalists to imagine the future of Apple hardware, but in our January issues from 2008 and 2009,
we designed fauxtotypes of our own conception. But even though our
friends in the tech community did the heavy lifting for us this month,
we couldn’t resist going at least as far as “the cocktail napkin stage”
with a number of ideas. In the illustrations below, we present six
product concepts that imagine clever simplicity in industrial design.
Or at least we hope our ideas reach that quality level--looking at some
of these drawings, it appears that a few of us may have had cocktails
with our cocktail napkins.