“I’m not a fan of prediction posts at the start of each year,” Neil Cybart writes for Above Avalon.
“Instead, the much more valuable way to prepare for the new year is to embrace the unknown,” Cybart writes. “By formulating and organizing a series of questions, it becomes that much easier to assess a company’s strengths, weaknesses, priorities, and opportunities over the next twelve months.”
A sampling of a couple of Cybart’s questions:
• The Apple Watch has become a litmus test for Apple’s ability to create compelling new product categories. What features will Apple look to improve when the Apple Watch is updated in a few months? There is low-hanging fruit in terms of features that can see improvement, including an Apple S2 chip and slightly better battery, although the device’s small footprint should be taken into consideration when thinking of realistic near-term advancements. Will Apple push ahead with health and fitness and include additional health-related sensors in Apple Watch 2? In addition, how much change will Apple push in terms of the device’s physical design attributes?
• Apple’s new $1,299 MacBook was the Mac highlight of 2015. The major theme to watch is Apple bringing features found in the new MacBook to other models in the Mac lineup. Will Apple announce an ARM-based MacBook running an iOS derivative? There have been clues that such a move may be in the pipeline.
Tons more (Apple management, Project Titan, iPhone, iOS, iPad, and more) in the full article – highly recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: We want our Apple Smartbands!
Do not underestimate the power of Apple Watch 2… We would love to see Apple launch Apple Smartbands that add sensor and other functionality to Apple Watch. An Apple GPS Smartband and an Apple Battery Smartband, right now, would sell like wildfire. It’s a missed opportunity for the original Apple Watch’s first Christmas, but we hope to see such items in 2016. — MacDailyNews Take, December 11, 2015