The year 2012 is fast approaching to a conclusion, and as the year ends, we look to 2013 and what it will bring in the world of technology. Judging from the plethora of releases this year by Apple, it indeed looks like next year will be very interesting.
One of the major aspects of the Cupertino titan’s products to look forward to is the mark on their software design by leading industrial designer Sir Jony Ive. The man who brought the world the iconic guises of the iPod and MacBook Air is set to banish the practice of skeuomorphism in iOS and OS X apps. As a result, expect iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 (both anticipated for releases in 2013) to look leaner, cleaner and distinctly Jony Ive.
Which brings me to the Mac OS: iOS has had yearly refreshes in the past, but it is only recently (since OS X Lion) that Apple has begun to update the Mac operating system on a similar annual basis. There are already reports that 10.9 is currently under internal testing, and so we could expect Apple to announce it early in 2013, with an expected release sometime in July like with Mountain Lion this year. In terms of features, the next “big cat” (whatever it will be called) will most likely build on Mountain Lion’s strength, and continue the “iOS-ification” of the Mac.
A product hotly contested over the past few years has been an Apple television. Not a set-top box like the current Apple TV, but an actual television. And the rumour mill has been driven into a frenzy since the Retina display’s addition on multiple Apple gadgets, with some “analysis” suggesting that Apple could introduce a television with a Retina screen.
Those speculations are extremely far-fetched, of course: the Retina display in its current sizes is already extremely expensive to manufacture. In the distant future, yes: it could be possible. However, an Apple television is a highly ambitious endeavour, even for 1 Infinite Loop: it would requite cable agreements and the setting-up of an extensive content platform, much like what they did in the past with iTunes and the original iPod. As such, if Apple does end up launching a television, it would most likely only be available in US markets, at least initially, as cable operators slowly get on-board with the required infrastructure for such a project.
Apple’s been criticised a lot recently for “abandoning” its loyal Pro market – producers, audio professionals, photographers and high-end media units. Case in point: the Mac Pro, receiving only a minor (read: negligible) update at the beginning of 2012, whilst the iMac and notebook lineup have been very much active. Therefore, we can expect a new Mac Pro in 2013: more powerful, and perhaps even completely re-designed. Apple’s pushed a “back to the Mac” focus with its notebooks in the past, and so expect 2013 to be a “back to the Professionals” approach.
The usual suspects will also make their appearances, so we won’t dwell too much there: expect an iterative update to the iPhone (an iPhone 5S), a new iPad (however, redesigned to be in-line with the aesthetic of the iPad mini and iPhone 5, most notably: the back colour corresponding to the colour of the front bezel) and an iPad mini (whether it will have a Retina screen is debatable, but certainly not impossible).
What are you looking forward to most from Apple in 2013? Let us know in the comments!
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