Dan Frommer on Business Insider’s look at five more Apple gadgets to worry about. Fear not. It’s not five new gadgets. Just a rehash of current Apple gadgets we expect to see this year and next.
Apple will likely announce incremental upgrades to most of its existing products. It recently updated the Mac mini, and it’s likely to tweak its iPod and Mac lines over the next several months.
Duh. This is my official spoiler alert:
- iPod touch 4 – dual cameras ala the iPhone to allow FaceTime video calls, high resolution Retina display, improved battery design, Apple’s A4 CPU, improved antenna design
- AppleTV 2 – Perhaps it’ll sit on top of your TV set and have a camera built-in for FaceTime video chat sessions with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. This might actually be Apple’s easiest entry into normal peoples’ living rooms. The concept of Internet TV is still foreign to a lot of people. But free video chatting with relatives is intuitive to anyone.
- iPad 2 – A front-facing camera for FaceTime video chat. The hi-res “retina display,” which would make reading e-books and web pages even better on the iPad.
- iPhone 4 for Verizon – So, what would an iPhone at Verizon look like? Maybe, the same as the current iPhone 4, with slightly different guts.
- MacBook Air 2 – It might not be an “Air,” but just a super-thin MacBook Pro. But either way, it’s silly to assume that Apple won’t apply its miniaturization lessons to its Mac laptop lineup.
- Magic TrackPad – Apple has supposedly been developing a “Magic trackpad” accessory that basically replaces the mouse—a device Apple has struggled with for years—with the same multi-touch trackpad on its MacBooks.
Alright, that last one was a bonus, but nothing there is news of future products. They’re merely variations on Apple’s current themes.