My 2010 predictions -- how I'd do?
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

My 2010 predictions -- how I'd do?

A year ago I made my predictions for what Apple would do in 2010. So let's see how effective I was.

First prediction: By spring we'll see new versions of iLife and iWork, which will probably be dubbed iLife X and iWork X instead of iLife '10 and iWork '10.

The truth: iLife wasn't introduced until October -- and it was dubbed iLife '11, not iLife X. iWork '11/X never showed up.

Second prediction: iWork.com will come out of beta and Apple will promote it heavily along with iWork. iWork is a service Apple is developing to share iWork ’09 documents online. Using your Apple ID, just click the iWork.com icon in the Keynote, Pages or Numbers toolbar to upload your document and invite others to view it online. Viewers can provide comments and notes, and download a copy of your document in iWork, Microsoft Office or PDF formats. A consolidated online list of all your shared documents indicates when your viewers have posted comments.

The truth: iWork.com is still in beta -- and you never hear Apple mention it.

Third prediction: Apple will release iPhone and iPod touch versions of iWork that will allow you to view and do some rudimentary editing of your Pages, Keynote and Numbers data on the handheld devices and sync those changes with your Mac.

The truth: no iPhone version was introduced, but iWork did come to the iPad. As for the syncing ability, well, there's still a LOT of kinks to work out.

Fourth prediction: The iPad will be introduced at a special Apple event on Jan. 26. At the time Apple will begin taking pre-orders, but the device won't ship until early March. It will have all the capabilities of the iPod touch, but will also support new features for ebooks and e-magazines. For example, you'll be able to subscribe to digital copies of newspaper and magazines and have them downloaded directly to your iPad/iTablet.

A wireless option will be available in conjunction with Verizon. However, there won't be a GPS feature. And the much-rumored Apple TV subscription service won't arrive until summer, so there'll be no support for that -- until the service is up and running.

The iPad will be available in two versions: a seven-inch model for $500 and a 10-inch version (with more capacity) for $800. If (and this is a big IF) Apple allows you to dock it and use it as a computer, this could spell the end of the MacBook Air line.

The truth: the iPad was introduced on Jan. 27, not the 26th, and it did ship in March. It did have ebook features, but the magazine subscription feature is still somewhere down the line. Verizon did offer a wireless option for the iPad, but it was much later in the year. There was no 7-inch iPad. And the MacBook Air is alive and well.

Fifth prediction: In the third quarter of 2010, Apple will also add Verizon as an iPhone carrier in the US, ending AT&T's exclusivity.

The truth: still hasn't happened. But I'm hoping for this in 2011.

Sixth prediction: Making use of its Lala purchase, Apple will introduce iTunes Replay in early spring. The service will allow iTunes shoppers to build up a digital video collection (music, movies, TV shows, etc.) without having to worry about the intensive storage space involved.

The truth: still hasn't happened.
Seventh prediction: The iPod classic, touch nano and shuffle will, as you'd expect, get increased capacities. Yes, I think the classic will be around for at least one more year. When it comes to storage, it offers the best bang for the buck and Apple knows it.

The truth: the iPod line was revamped and the classic is still around (though Apple is trying to keep it a secret). But there were few, if any, storage capacity updates.

Eighth prediction: On the Mac front, the laptops, Mac mini and iMac will keep the same form factor, though I think the Mac Pro will get a design overhaul. At long last Blu-ray will be offered as a build-to-order option on the Mac Pro, iMac and the high-end MacBook Pro (maybe other models).

Naturally, there'll be speed boosts, graphic enhancements and beefed-up storage while maintaining the current price points (there'll be at least one quad-core MacBook Pro released). And, no, I don't see Apple cutting prices substantially if at all. Despite this Apple's market share will continue to rise.

We'll see at least laptop and desktop models adding USB 3.0 support by the third quarter while still keeping the FireWire 800 port. The iMac and Mac Pro will also add eSATA ports for extra devices.

The truth: The Mac Pro didn't get a new form factor, USB 3.0 never made it to the Mac and Blu-ray still isn't offered as a build to offer option. Apple did cut prices a little, and the Mac's market share is on the rise.

Ninth prediction: Mac OS X 10.7 will be discussed at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. Unlike Snow Leopard, it will sport several new features beyond the "under-the-hood" improvements. Among them: a Finder with features akin to the Path Finder utility. Oh yes, the traditional file creator data system will be restored.

The truth: Mac OS X 7 (Lion) was announced, but not at WWDC (it was at a special October event). It will sport several new features, but they're more iOS-like than Path Finder-ish..

Tenth prediction: The thing I don't think will happen, but would love to see: an ultra high end, multimedia iMac with a 40-inch screen, built-in TV tuner, upgradable graphics and room for a second hard drive.

The truth: I was dead-on. It didn't happen. Well, actually, you can get an iMac with two drives -- an SSD and HDD.

-- Dennis Sellers

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Remotix 3.1.4 - Access all your computer...
Remotix is a fast and powerful application to easily access multiple Macs (and PCs) from your own Mac. Features Complete Apple Screen Sharing support - including Mac OS X login, clipboard... Read more
DesktopLyrics 2.6.6 - Displays current i...
DesktopLyrics is an application that displays the lyrics of the song currently playing in "iTunes" right on your desktop. The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes; DesktopLyrics does nothing... Read more
VOX 2.5.1 - Music player that supports m...
VOX is a beautiful music player that supports many filetypes. The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all... Read more
NetNewsWire 4.0.0 - RSS and Atom news re...
NetNewsWire is the best way to keep up with the sites and authors you read most regularly. Let NetNewsWire pull down the latest articles, and read them in a distraction-free and Mac-like way. Native... Read more
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.6 - Search and ins...
MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.... Read more
ForkLift 2.6.5 - Powerful file manager:...
ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed... Read more
Drive Genius 4.1.0 - Powerful system uti...
Drive Genius 4 gives you faster performance from your Mac while also protecting it. The award-winning and improved DrivePulse feature alerts you to hard drive issues before they become major problems... Read more
OnyX 2.9.7 - Maintenance and optimizatio...
OnyX is a multifunctional utility for OS X. It allows you to verify the startup disk and the structure of its System files, to run miscellaneous tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden... Read more
DEVONthink Pro 2.8.5 - Knowledge base, i...
DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research papers, your life often fills your hard drive in the... Read more
Backblaze 4.0.1.878 - Online backup serv...
Backblaze is an online backup service designed from the ground-up for the Mac.With unlimited storage available for $5 per month, as well as a free 15-day trial, peace of mind is within reach with... Read more

Auroch Digital is Bringing Back Games Wo...
| Read more »
Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age...
Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Productivity Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Draggy Dead (Games)
Draggy Dead 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Ditch your dead end job and take up a rewarding career in Grave Robbing today!Guide the recently deceased to a fun filled life of... | Read more »
Bad Dinos (Games)
Bad Dinos 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
The Apple Watch isn't Great as a Fi...
| Read more »
Show the World What You See With Stre.am...
Live broadcasting is getting popular on mobile devices, which is why you can now get Stre.am, by Infinite Takes. [Read more] | Read more »
PhotoTime's 2.1 Update Adds Apple W...
The latest PhotoTime update is adding even more functionality to the handy photo organizing app. Yep, including Apple Watch support. [Read more] | Read more »
Oh My Glob! Adventure Time Puzzle Quest...
Finn and Jake are taking over D3 Go!'s popular puzzle game series in the upcoming Adventure Time Puzzle Quest. [Read more] | Read more »
Earthcore: Shattered Elements - Tips, Tr...
At first glance, Earthcore: Shattered Elements seems like a rather simple card-battling game. Once you’re introduced to skills that will change quite a bit. Even more so once you start to acquire hero cards. But it’s not so complicated that we... | Read more »
Dungeon999F (Games)
Dungeon999F 1.33 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.33 (iTunes) Description: "The game you must play at least once in your life!" "The game with potential of million downloads globally!" ...is what the... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

OtterBox Maximizes Portability, Productivity...
From the kitchen recipe book to the boarsroom presentation, the OtterBox Agility Tablet System turns tablets into one of the most versatile pieces of handheld technology available. Available now, the... Read more
Launch of New Car App Gallery and Open Develo...
Automatic, a company on a mission to bring the power of the Internet into every car, has announced the launch of the Automatic App Gallery, an app store for nearly every car or truck on the road... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: 13-inch 1.6GHz Mac...
Best Buy has the new 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $849 on their online store this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: 27-inch 3.5GHz 5K...
Best Buy has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2099.99 this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only, in-store prices may vary.... Read more
Sale! 16GB iPad mini 3 for $349, save $50
B&H Photo has the 16GB iPad mini 3 WiFi on sale for $349 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
Price drop on 2014 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro...
B&H Photo has dropped prices on 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros by $200. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799.99 save $200 - 15″ 2.5GHz... Read more
With a Mission to Make Mobile Free, Scratch W...
Scratch Wireless, claiming to be the world’s first truly free mobile service, has announced the availability of a new Scratch-enabled Android smartphone, the Coolpad Arise. The smartphone is equipped... Read more
First-Ever Titanium Alloy Curved iPhone 6 Scr...
One of the most common problems with mobile phones is damage to the screens. The slightest drop can cause a dreaded spider web of gashes and cracks in the glass panel surface that can cost $hundreds... Read more
Preorder new 12-inch MacBook, $10 off, save o...
Adorama has new 12″ Retina MacBooks available for preorder for $10 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. For a limited time, Adorama will include a free Apple USB-C to USB... Read more
Will iOS 9 Finally Bring Productivity Friendl...
Ah, the irony. From its original announcement in 2010, Apple has doggedly insisted that the iPad remain “simple,” thus arbitrarily limiting its considerable potential as a content creation and... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
Business Development Manager - *Apple* Pay...
**Job Summary** Apple Pay is seeking an experienced Business Development professional to join the Apple Pay team to develop partnerships and strategic alliances with Read more
Project Manager, *Apple* Retail New Store O...
**Job Summary** An Apple Retail New Store Openings & Remodels Project Manager is responsible for successfully managing the openings, remodels, and small works of Read more
SW QA Engineer - *Apple* TV - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** The Apple TV team is looking for experienced Quality Assurance Engineers with a passion for delivering first in class home entertainment solutions. **Key Read more
Partner Marketing Manager - *Apple* Pay - A...
**Job Summary** The Apple Pay partner marketing team is looking for a marketing manager to develop and drive US marketing programs with our financial institution Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.