Having drooled over Apple products for years before converting to Mac 3 years ago I’ve marveled at their rate of innovation. Apple makes no secret of the fact they cannabalize their own product lines with an annual release of upgraded models or brand new devices entirely. And each time they dominate.
When Apple introduced the iPod it became the gold standard of mobile music storage and playback. Then the iPhone shook the foundations of cellular giants like RIM, Motorola & LG (to name a few). Most recently, the iPad has landed with a thunderous boom, obliterating any semblance of competition in the tablet channel.
All the while Apple has improved the efficiency, power and mobility of it’s computer lineup to continually steal market share from PCs with dramatic flare.
Which leaves me asking one big question:
What will Apple think of next?
There are plenty of rumors and photos of alleged prototypes and parts floating around the Internet, but here are a few concepts that I think Apple should explore.
- iCar – this idea was actually championed by Steve Jobs before he passed away and I think if he’d lived on it would have been a reality in the next 5 years. I imagine a Prius-esque exterior design with Retina display quality dashboard, docks for driver and passenger iPod/iPhone, integrated Siri, built-in iPad mounts in the headrests for the kids in the back to play games, read or watch movies. What features would you ad?
- iTV – as one of the more rumored Apple products I believe we may even see this beauty by the holidays. Imagine watching Miracle on 34th Street or the Thanksgiving football game on a Retina display flatscreen TV with the capability of the Apple TV built in. What would you watch first?
- iCamera – Apple has already proven that smartphones can take stunning photographs. What if Apple took their dedication to quality, design and the user experience and applied it to a DSLR type product? Features could include iPhoto, sharing to social media, and bluetooth transfer to iPad. If Apple partnered with a DSLR manufacturer for developing the hardware would you vote Canon or Nikon?
- iCEO – with all of Steve Jobs’s creativity, drive and genius it would be a shame not to develop a iRobot like human cyborg copy of the Mac Daddy for companies to “employ” as their CEO. He could even be connected to the App Store and the Board of Directors could vote on what gets downloaded during each sync. What default “apps” should an iCEO come with?
Apple’s next big event is September 12th and almost everyone expects the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and refreshed iPod line to be announced.
Question: What do you hope Apple releases? Which “innovation” above is your favorite?