The Next 5 Apple Gadgets to Speculate About
Just in case you have nothing better to do
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2011 5:04 AM CST
Dwolla Corp. founder and CEO Ben Milne holds shows an Apple iPad displaying his company's web site, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – This was a bumper year for Apple, as it released the iPad, iPhone 4, new Macbook Air, and new Apple TV. Business Insider speculates on what Steve Jobs and company may have in store for the 2011.

  1. New iPad. iPad 2 will likely be faster, boast a higher-resolution screen, and have a front-facing camera. The entry-level iPad option is also likely to get cheaper.
  2. Verizon-based iPhone and iPhone 5. These may or may not be the same thing, given that the iPhone's guts have to be significantly remodeled to use Verizon's CDMA network. IPhone 5 will probably have a few more bells and whistles, but otherwise resemble 4—though, after "Antennagate" it surely will work no matter how, and how hard, it is gripped.

  1. Apple TV App Store. Apple sold 1 million Apple TVs since it debuted this fall, so a logical step would be to port certain iPhone Apps to that environment. An obvious one is MLB's At Bat, to provide an "enhanced" viewing experience for games.
  2. 15" MacBook Air. Jobs has been open with about the fact that all Apple laptops will eventually look more like the Air than the Macbook Pro line—it's just a matter of how fast Apple's engineers work out how to fit more into less. So with 11" and 13" Airs released in 2010, a 15" model is the next likely step.
  3. 'Real' Apple TV. The Apple TV hardware works with a conventional flatscreen, but the 27" iMac is already a great, bedroom-suitable TV on its own. It may make sense for Apple to try to sell a somewhat modified version, integrated with Apple TV, as a standalone TV-plus.