Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

Summary: Apple has lots of things on its 2011 roadmap but the problem is that there's no clear breakout product on the list -- like the iPad was in 2010.

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Apple's not resting on its laurels in 2011 but it might be tough to top the iPad, iPhone 4, and second-generation Apple TV and MacBook Air in the new year. Apple has lots of things on its 2011 roadmap but the problem is that there's no clear breakout product on the list -- like the iPad was in 2010.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has weighed in with his predictions on what Apple has in store for 2011:

  • Verizon launch of the iPhone: Probability 95% (Q1)
  • Mac App Store: Probability 100% (January 6)
  • iTunes cloud services: Probability 90%
  • iPad geographic expansion: Probability 100%
  • iPad subsidies from carriers: Probability 80%
  • OS X Lion/10.7: Probability 100% (Summer)

Here's when Munster expects upgrades to the hardware:

  • iPhone (March quarter). We are modeling for Apple to launch a CDMA version of the iPhone at Verizon in the March 2011 quarter. The fifth generation iPhone will likely ship this summer with NFC capability.
  • iPad (Spring). We believe the second generation iPad will launch in Spring 2011.
  • Macs (uncertain). We have moderate confidence that Apple will release redesigned MacBook Pros in 1H11 and redesigned iMacs in 2H11.
  • iPods (Fall). As usual, Apple should refresh its iPods in the fall.

So if that's 2011... what's in store for 2012? Munster thinks that Apple will launch more innovative web services, and maybe, a television. (Hmm, that sounds familiar...)

Sure the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 are coming, but what if they've already seen their biggest pops when they launched in 2010? There's a real risk that this year's iPad and iPhone and could turn out to be the same dog food, reheated. But I doubt it.

The iPad 2 will sell amazingly well because there's lots of pent up demand for the device. I have a hunch that a lot of people passed on the current iPad as a "1.0 product." I personally know dozens of people who are "waiting for version 2." Personally, the "better speakers" rumor is mostly lost on me because I mostly use my iPad with headphones, but a better screen (if not Retina) and a thinner, lighter form-factor would make a compelling upgrade. Carbon fiber, please!

As for the CDMA/Verizon iPhone -- it's been rumored for so long that people are already expecting it. It may need to have dual-core, 4G and NFC to even get noticed in the technology typhoon known as CES. But here too, there's a lot of pent up demand and the CDMA iPhone will certainly make a big splash.

But other than iOS devices, do upgraded MacBooks and iMacs really have an sizzle left? Sure Mac OS 10.7 should be a nice upgrade, but make no mistake about it, 2011 will be all about iOS. Tip: BusinessInsider

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, iPad, Mobility, Smartphones, Software

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  • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

    Everything is all right, just for the releasing of ipad 2. Apple should do and have done something right to strong the walled garden.<br><a href="http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/index.html</a></a>
    John Titlow
  • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

    MacBook Pro with 1 GB graphics card memory? or will they continue to ship with just 512 MB and charge customers premium price for a mid range hardware
    shellcodes_coder
    • hardware

      @shellcodes_coder
      is the best isp led display and a 10 hour battery hardware for you too?
      banned from zdnet
      • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

        @banned from zdnet isp really? And how is it the best display? Yea gtfo
        Jimster480
  • Don't you mean dual LTE/CDMA with NFC capabilities

    The LTE capabilities are what will be stressed as these will differentiate it from the current generation of iPhones.

    NFC would be nice too but Im betting that the higher data rates available with LTE is what will be the focus.
    otaddy
  • CDMA is also Sprint.

    So will we see iPhone coupled with an affordable data plan? WiMax 4G? If not, EVO still tops it.
    Techdelirios
  • Does their roadmap include fixing the alarm clock on iOS devices?

    Did you know that the alarm clocks on iOS devices failed on January 1 for millions of people and that it is [b]still[/b] not fixed as of today? It made the news on every single major news outlet around the world but Apple has asked Jason and David to please not report on anything negative so you won't read about that news event here. Jason and David, being little more than mouth pieces for the Apple marketing department, have happily complied with this order.
    NonZealot
    • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

      @NonZealot My alarm woke me up just fine this morning, as it did yesterday (I had it disabled for the weekend).

      The only reporting I saw of the issue was from Twitter @ceostevejobs which everybody knows is parody. (or should know is parody; local news have reported his tweets as gospel before)
      PepperdotNet
      • This alarm problem:

        @Pepper.dot.Net

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=apple+iphone+alarm+problem
        SonofaSailor
    • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

      @NonZealot
      Oh brother. Do you have proof that Jason and David have no journalistic integrity, or are you just being negative again?

      Yes, it's a stupid bug, but it's not the end of the world.
      I will give you this: Apple really should figure out a way to update the standard apps via the AppStore rather than waiting for a full release of iOS. It makes them not very nimble at fixing silly bugs like this.
      rossdav
    • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

      @NonZealot
      The alarm bug is sort of quaint .. much like the quality bugs of an old English sports car.

      Hey .. every diamond has a flaw .. or so they say. BTW, what day is this? I didn't miss New Year's, did I?
      kenosha77a
      • A diamond with a flaw does not sell for a premium price

        and, just about everything Apple sells is at a higher premium compared to all others.

        Would somebody buy an engagement ring with a flawed diamond and pay the same price as a ring with a flawless diamond?

        But, as far as I can tell, the "flawless" part to you stems from the name "Apple".
        adornoe
    • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

      @NonZealot : "...but Apple has asked Jason and David to please not report on anything negative so you won't read about that news event here. Jason and David, being little more than mouth pieces for the Apple marketing department, have happily complied with this order."

      Source, please. If you can't provide such, then shut your lying piehole.
      JoshNorton
      • Do you...

        @JoshNorton

        need a refresher on how Apple acts towards media outlets that don't act how Jobs wants them to?
        SonofaSailor
      • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

        @JoshNorton : Cite sources for this, then. Conjecture isn't a source. Evidently, NonZealot's got the inside track on this one and I'd like to hear the specific details.

        Or he could just be trolling again. In which case, my previous comment stands.
        JoshNorton
    • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

      @NonZealot Your hatred of Apple is so strong that you wasted enough time to write 7 lines of text including the title on this issue? Some people really need to get a life. Is there a bug, apparently so. Is it a huge deal, not for myself and most people that use a real alarm clock to wake themselves up every morning.
      non-biased
  • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

    So will the Verizon iPhone in March be the current 4 or the new 5? I would be upset if I bought a 4 in March, then Apple turned around a couple of months later and released a brand new version for everyone else? If Verizon gets the 5 in March, everyone else will be upset that they have to wait until the summer to get theirs. I still don't understand how Apple is going to handle this.
    BB9193
    • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

      I personally predict the iPhone on Verizon will be called the "4G" reflecting Verizon touting their "next generation network" -- iPhone 4 users will be less "upset"... and this still paves the way for a catch-up model on AT&T later in the year.
      b0b0rama
    • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

      @BB9193
      Your conjecture is valid for being a possibility. And I believe the Verizon iPhone will be different from the iPhone gen 5 model coming in March.
      kenosha77a
  • RE: Apple's 2011 roadmap: iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macs getting upgrades

    While all this is interesting I think this will be the year for software from Apple that will change thing up.
    CLoud services tied to the OS (both OSX and iOS) along with major operating system features integrating iTunes store and services into the operating system and supporting cloud / wireless services.
    Along with new iWorks, Pro Apps and web/app authoring tools.
    These will be significant along with possible touch enabled MacBooks.
    If Apple moves in this direction they will change the competitive landscape again and most will have to wait a year or two for MSFT and Google to respond to be int eh same game.
    Would not want to be responsible for HP, Dell, Acer's consumer products.
    kpbpsw