“Each year, about this time, I put out a list of predictions for the coming year. I have been doing this for 23 years and over that time have I have had a reasonable level of success with these predictions,” Tim Bajarin writes for TechPinions. “I have had some spectacular failed predictions too, like the year I said Microsoft would buy RIM. Because of our work and research, we get to see a lot of technologies in the works behind the scene as well as look at the data and numbers and make some educated deductions about the tech trends for the new year.”
Among Bajarin’s predictions:
Apple creates a Hybrid tablet/PC with iOS: Imagine a sleekly designed hybrid that perhaps has the design lines of the MacBook Air but the iPad screen detaches from its ultra-thin keyboard. For lack of a better term I call it the MacBook AirPad or iPad Air. I know Tim Cook has denounced this type of design suggesting it is like attaching a “toaster to a refrigerator.” But a sleek and elegant iPad/keyboard device designed by Apple would be of interest to a lot of people, me included.
Many more predictions in the full article – recommended, as usual – here.
MacDailyNews Take: It would certainly be interesting to see what Jony Ive could conjure up. When we’re on-the-road, we always have our MacBook Airs and iPads/iPad minis with us, so we can imagine it’d be a useful product, at least to some people. Such a device would, of course, be dependent on whether Apple determines there’s a large enough market to warrant development. Would you buy one?