What to watch for from Apple in 2014
Apple’s biggest release in 2013 was its reimagined mobile OS, iOS7, but 2014 looks to be a whole lot busier for the company. Between refreshes for its top hardware lines, some possible updates to its brick-and-mortar shops and maybe the debut of a long rumored wearable, it’s going to be a very busy year for Apple.
Will 2014 finally see the debut of the long rumored iWatch? No one knows for sure, and all the current rumors on the iWatch right now point to problems with its manufacturing process, but if those problems get sorted out it’s likely we’ll finally see something official from Apple on the wearable. Biometric tracking has been mentioned regularly alongside iWatch info, meaning it could be used as a pedometer and heart rate monitor among other things.
MacBook, iMac, iPhone and iPad refreshes
Much more likely to debut in 2014 are the usual refreshes to Apple’s core line of products. A 12-inch, redesigned MacBook is at the top of the rumor mill. Coming out around the middle of 2014, it should feature a Retina display and an Intel chip inside.
A new, lower cost iMac could could be coming too as the recently released iMac didn’t quite set cash registered on fire. This new, cheaper iMac would compete with other Windows desktops and should ship in the middle of 2014.
A new iPad should also see the light of day in 2014. It would feature the same 9.7-inch display as the current iPad with a better display than the Retina iPad.
Finally, the iPhone 6 will surely be announced for a late summer or early fall release. Analysts expect the display to get another bump in size and with it the usual upgrades in camera and memory.
No, not Apple TV. Though Apple may do something with that too, there’s some rumor that Apple might release an actual TV set. To be fair that’s on the unlikelier end of the rumor spectrum, but you never know!
Changes to the Apple Store
The brick-and-mortar Apple Stores have grown a bit stale-looking, and 2014 could be the year they get a fresh coat of paint. Apple has a new retail chief in charge and that might bring about at least a little change to what has been a solid but tired experience.
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