Wanted: New MacBook Air, iOS Mac

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-05-18 Print this article Print

5. A Mac running iOS

With the launch of Chrome OS on Chromebooks next month, a new era in the computing market will be upon the industry. Gone are the days when only high-powered desktop-focused operating systems can succeed. Nowadays, even Web-based platforms can take on Windows. But what about mobile operating systems? Speculation abounds that Apple is gearing up to deliver iOS on a lightweight notebook or netbook-like device. Considering Chromebooks are coming to store shelves soon, it would only make sense for Apple to make that move now and steal some of the spotlight the Chrome OS-based devices are enjoying right now.

6. A cloud-based music service

As Amazon and Google show their hands with their cloud-based music services, the time has come for Apple to do the same with one of its own. For the last several months, reports have said that Apple is negotiating with music labels to launch a cloud-based music platform allowing users to store and play back their content from the Web. It's an interesting move on Apple's part. And it might make sense to launch it on May 19 when Apple has the market's attention.

7. New iPods

It might not be the flashiest update, but it wouldn't surprise many folks if Apple offers up new iPods with the anniversary of its retail stores. After all, the iPod was arguably the most integral element of Apple's retail success since it coaxed consumers into its stores and made them start thinking about the company's other products. Wouldn't it be fitting for Apple to update the platform that helped it revive its ailing brand and put its retail outlets on the map?

8. A new MacBook Air

The MacBook Air, which was updated last year, is in need of a refresh. The device has a nice design, but Apple competitors have delivered new alternatives that present a similarly nice look at a price that's far more affordable. Perhaps the MacBook Air could be a solid candidate for the aforementioned iOS-based Mac. If Apple doesn't want to go down that road, the company could offer up improved specs at a better price. In either case, it would be nice to see a new MacBook Air hit store shelves.

9. A Sprint-based iPhone

With the launch of the iPhone on Verizon's network, it didn't take long for consumers and enterprise customers to start wondering when Sprint might get the iPhone. Considering AT&T is acquiring T-Mobile, and if that deal is approved, it might not be long before T-Mobile customers have access to the iPhone, it's not a stretch to say Apple might offer its device to Sprint subscribers sooner rather than later. A Sprint-based iPhone wouldn't be a major announcement, but millions would be happy to see it.

10. Something totally new

Many of the folks who are hoping to see something new from Apple on May 19 are basing their opinions on recent rumors. But Apple is a company that takes risks and delivers products that many customers wouldn't expect to see. What if Apple offered up something absolutely new to the marketplace? The product wouldn't be an iPhone or an iPad. It wouldn't be a new Mac or a television. What if Apple joined a new marketplace and did something totally unexpected? At this point, that possibility is about as great as any other.

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Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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