Apple to “Completely Overhaul” iPad, iPhone, iMac, MacBook Air

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The Apple Crystal BallApple is planning to “completely overhaul” at least four of its product lines over the course of 2012, according to Taiwan-based newspaper DigiTimes. Citing unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain, the newspaper reported that Apple would be bringing major changes to iPad, iPhone, iMac, and MacBook Air.

At first blush, this may seem obvious, but recent changes to these product lines have all been relatively minor tweaks and spec upgrades. For instance, the last MacBook Air update used the same form factor as the previous generation, but included Thunderbolt, more RAM, and new Sandy Bridge i5 and i7 processors. The iPhone 4S, of course, also used the same form factor as 2010’s iPhone 4.

The report doesn’t specify what those major changes might be, but it did say that the new iMacs and iPhones were being targeted for a release in the second half of 2012.

Another tidbit to leak is that Apple has supposedly asked suppliers to develop flat panel modules and LED light bars for two different iPad prototypes. Those sources said the prototypes were code named J1 and J2.

What might be different about these prototypes we don’t know, or why Apple has asked for two different ones, but for the last year, rumors of an iPad with a much higher resolution have been circulating, and it’s possible that these rumors might dovetail together.

The last thing mentioned in the report is that Apple’s supply chain has enough parts on hand to produce two million “next generation iPads” by the end of 2011. The unstated implication is that these would ship in the first quarter of 2012 when Apple is likely to release an update to the iPad 2, and are not related to the the J1 and 2 prototypes. Your mileage may vary.

DigiTimes is an English-language newspaper in Taiwan that has published many and more reports about unreleased Apple products over the years. It used to have a reputation for getting many of its stories wrong, but for the last two-to-three years, its accuracy has improved as its network of sources within Apple’s supply chain has improved.

Comments

Lee Dronick

It is true! I know because my iPhone 4S arrives tomorrow and my MacBook Pro is little over a year old. smile

Seriously if true I wonder if the Mac’s operating system will be more like iOS than OSX

iJack

I hope it’s true.  I have never owned an iAnything, and since I have now caved to the desire, I am holding out for the iPad3. 

That’s what I call discipline!

furbies

Lee, I hope the iOS stays on the iDevices.

Don’t get me wrong, I like it on the iDevices, but not on my Desktop Macs.

Lee Dronick

Lee, I hope the iOS stays on the iDevices.

Don?t get me wrong, I like it on the iDevices, but not on my Desktop Macs.

Oh yeah, I was just speculating on the speculation that it is Apple’s direction. A fusion perhaps that is more OSX centric, maybe it would be OSXI or some new name.

This morning I was listening to NPR and a guy was talking about how because of climate change California vineyards may need to plant different varietals than they grow now. UC Davis has lab farm with several hundreds of different kinds of grapevines, ones more suited to warmer climes than what is in most vineyards. Now bear with me, I am leading you all to what name comes after Lion. It struck me that Apple could start a new OS named after a wine. Or Gods of mythology or famous scientists of old. Anyway, supper is almost ready.

iJack

It struck me that Apple could start a new OS named after a wine.

Speaking of wine, re vera, potas bene.

Lee Dronick

Speaking of wine, re vera, potas bene.

No, I was just getting hungry. I did have a small glass of port after dinner.

So what comes after Lion?

wab95

So what comes after Lion?

The Masai.

Lee Dronick

That is a two way veldt smile

Seriously, if OSX 10.7 is named after the King of Beasts then the next OS is probably going to be OSX 11 with a new naming structure.

iJack

Seriously if true I wonder if the Mac?s operating system will be more like iOS than OSX

Here’s a chance for me to ask a noob question about iOS.  I don’t use Dashboard (or any iDevice), but I do use some of the widgets, thanks to Amnesty Singles.  I had always imagined the iOS was rather like a fancier version of the Dashboard ? one app, one task at a time.  Am I close?  Can you describe what makes the iOS so compelling?

Lee Dronick

I had always imagined the iOS was rather like a fancier version of the Dashboard ? one app, one task at a time.? Am I close?? Can you describe what makes the iOS so compelling?

I can use several apps at the same time under iOS, sort of, depends. Listen to music while surfing the web, checking email, and many other apps. If I am listening to music and a phone call comes in then the iPod goes into pause mode until the call ends and then it resumes. My police scanner app is a one trick pony and doesn’t multitask.

I think that the fusion is coming in with gestures on the track pad of a MacBook or Magic Trackpad. I can also use some of the gestures on the top surface of my Magic Mouse.

I have started to use Dashboard widgets more under Lion because I can do a quick gesture to get in. Then gesture to get back to Mail or what ever.

iJack

I think that the fusion is coming in with gestures on the track pad of a MacBook or Magic Trackpad. I can also use some of the gestures on the top surface of my Magic Mouse.

So I have to learn a whole new method of interfacing with a device before I discover it’s magic? 

Maybe it’s less compelling than I thought.

Lee Dronick

So I have to learn a whole new method of interfacing with a device before I discover it?s magic??

No, you can use your existing methods as well.

Pashtun Wally

@ ljack:  did you have trouble learning finger-paints?  You think “magic” is a matter of study and not an experience?  Is it gonna be too much work?

Haul down to your local Apple Store & play around with iPad.  Get one of the employees to show you their favorite tricks & cool stuff.  You’ll either get it or you won’t.  Boom - decision made.

iJack

did you have trouble learning finger-paints?  You think ?magic? is a matter of study and not an experience?  Is it gonna be too much work?

1. “finger-paints?” ? No problems.
2. “mater of study?” ??I think all of Apple’s magic has come from a great deal of study.
3. “too much work?” ? Well, that was the essence of my question, wasn’t it?

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