“2013 was a very Apple-y year, in that incremental improvements were pretty much all Apple rolled out,” Christopher Mims writes for Quartz. “This kind of refinement and polish is one of the things the company does best.”
“2014 looks to be different.,” Mims writes. “As CEO Tim Cook has been hinting, Apple will be releasing products unlike those that came before. Rumors abound that it will unveil a larger, 12.9-inch iPad for education that may actually replace its smaller MacBook Air. A big tablet is one thing, but a move toward a big tablet running on a rumored, ultra-fast ‘A8’ chip [stamped out] by a new manufacturer (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation) rather than Samsung, which has produced processors for previous iPads and iPhones, would be a sea change for Apple and the entire PC industry.”
“Apple may also release a larger iPhone, finally bowing to demand for the kind of device that can be ever more a PC replacement when it comes to entertainment like games and video,” Mims writes. “But perhaps most significant in terms of creating a truly new category of device, Apple will probably unveil its long-rumored iWatch.”
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