What Cupertino Probably Has in Store for 2012

January 4, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As you know, 2011 did not see much of a hardware change for Apple. Yet, they had a successful year, thanks to the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. Last year, it was the iOS 5 and the iCloud, so this year should be for change of devices.

Let’s get into the details. iPhone first, as the iPhone 5 rumors have come up again. The next gen iPhone could come with a quad-core A6 processor and a respectable 4-inch screen.

There is no guarantee for NFC and LTE though. The device may arrive by fall, because Apple wouldn’t want to launch it before the iPhone 4S reaped all the revenue it could.

The iPad 3 seems to be set for an early 2012 entry with retina display which people are looking forward to, but otherwise resembling its predecessor, Apple has no pressure as far as the tablet market is concerned.

You can also expect Bluetooth 4.0 on board and the A6 processor, but it does not cry for a monumental change. Also, a 7-inch iPad looks like a brilliant idea.

The iPod Touch may get a specs bump it missed last year. iPod nano is the important one though, with people looking for  Bluetooth on-board, making it compatible with wireless headphones and possibly enabling a live data connection between it and the iPhone. Thanks to Bluetooth 4.0, this has a good probability of happening.

The Mac division is a real money spinner for Apple. So the MacBook Air and the iMacs should get something or the other improved.

The 11- and 13- inch form factors got the much needed bump up, thanks to processor upgrades and the addition of Thunderbolt tech.

But battery life and storage are areas that need special attention. Also a 15 inch Air is not an absurd thought.

The iMacs might as well get some updates. Expect new Macs to come out this year, thanks to the new Intel processors.

While the Mac Mini might be in for an update, the Mac pro does not seem to have the chances.

Apple could be taking the next step in the iTV line this year, equipped with App Store, Siri and iCloud support. Do not put your money on this one, but we may get to see a set-top Apple TV as well.

Now, tell us which Apple product do you think needs an update the most?

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