12/31/12
8:53 am

MacMost Now 807: Looking Forward To 2013

What does Apple have in store for us in 2013? It is likely that we will see new generations of the iPad, iPad mini and iPhone. We will almost certainly see a new Mac Pro. Rumors for an Apple Television persist as well.

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Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode let's take a look into 2013 and try to figure out what Apple has in store for us.

On the Mac side of things in 2013 we probably won't get any major changes to the MacBook Pros or the iMac since they were just refreshed. But hopefully we will see retina displays spread to other Macs say like the MacBook Air and hopefully the iMac as well. A 27" iMac with a retina display would be amazing but also is going to be a huge retina display to produce so it will be interesting to see if Apple can pull it off.

One machine that has been neglected over the last several years has been the MacPro. We haven't seen a design update since the G5 tower days. Inside and out it really needs some new features like say thunderbolt ports and such. Well, Tim Cook promised us that in 2013 we are going to get a new MacPro perhaps a new design completely. It seems with thunderbolt you don't really need all the internal card slots anymore. So it will be interesting to see what Apple comes up with and how soon in the year they come out with it.

On the Mac side we are also used to getting a new operating system every year. So it will be interesting to see if there is a new cat in our future, Mac OS 10.9, and if there is what it is called and when it will be released.

Also looking at Macs it was promised that in 2013 one Mac line will be manufactured in the United States. Which one will it be? Will it be a certain type of iMac or perhaps it will be the MacPro. That makes the most sense since most of the MacPros will have some sort of customization and it's probably easier to do customization in a factory in the United States where every machine is a little bit different than the other one. Also MacPros are probably going to be a lot bigger and heavier so it will be easier to ship to locations in the United States if they are manufactured here.

On the iOS side of things it is likely that we will get a new iPhone this next year. Whether it will be an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 5S remains to be seen. We will probably also get a new iPad. A fifth generation iPad and we will have to see what new features are in store for us with that. It is a little easier to predict a new iPad Mini with a retina display since it is the obvious feature to add to it.

Now, iTunes on both Macs and iOS may get some new services. There has been lots of rumors over the last few years of Apple starting some sort of streaming music service where you pay a set fee and you can listen to the entire iTunes Library of music or perhaps a radio station kind of thing like Pandora.

In addition we might see something on Apple TV where you can subscribe to live television stations. So Apple TV could become a viable competitor to cable and satellite where you can actually watch the major networks live via an App in your Apple TV. We will have to see whether Apple can pull off any of those in this next year.

Of course, there is still the rumor hanging out there that Apple is going to come out with some sort of television. Something like Apple TV but with the actual screen itself. This has been a rumor for years now and it will be interesting to see if it actually comes true in 2013.

So there is a look at what we might expect in 2013 from Apple.

Hope you found this interesting. Leave your comments about what you think will happen in this next year in the Apple world at this post at MacMost.com.

Until next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.

Comments: 6 Responses to “MacMost Now 807: Looking Forward To 2013”

    Luke Thomas
    12/31/12 @ 12:49 pm

    … Apple’s largest sellers are their iPads and iPhones so most likely, I believe, you will see another “new generation” later in 2013.

    Luke Thomas
    12/31/12 @ 12:51 pm

    Windows REALLY REALLY REALLY screwed up with Windows 8. Their “charmed menu” is very hard to get so it’s a chore to even shut off the computer. I actually RETURNED a brand new PC because of Windows 8 I hated it so much. So without a doubt Apple will have escalating sales because of Windows (Winblows) 8.

    Luke Thomas
    12/31/12 @ 12:52 pm

    And please note you CANNOT remove the operating system of a new computer – so with Windows 8 you are stuck with it or it will invalidate your warranty. I’ll get an Apple desktop instead.

      Squafdonoboles
      1/3/13 @ 2:48 pm

      I think Windows 98 was Microsoft’s best operating system. I still use it on my Windows XP machine because I use many 16-bit programs that these new high-falootin’ computers can’t handle. The Mac’s Boot Camp cannot run them either.

    Linda Lyn
    1/3/13 @ 10:38 pm

    Linda Lyn ask
    Is that mean because Window’s Win 8 problem Would make Apple go hotter?

    Stan Schwab
    1/4/13 @ 12:17 am

    Don’t forget the iWatch!

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