Strategy Analytics released consumer buying interest data today indicating that in the next twelve months people are most interested in getting an iPhone, Android phone, PC laptop, and iPads (in that order) this year. However, it’s what is gaining and losing that is far more interesting for looking ahead to 2013.
Lots of sites are lookingÂ backÂ at 2012 to review the year gone by, but while there is no doubt it’s been a pretty exciting year, I thought I’d start with a look at the year to come and make a few arm waving predictions about what we might see. Well, a few arm waving predictions and a good number of pretty sure bets as well.
Apple has received a permit to start selling cellular variants of the iPad mini and the iPad 4 in China from the countryâ€™s telecom regulatory body, indicative of an impending launch of the two devices in the region. The Wi-Fi only version of the two devices went on sale earlier this month, followed by the iPhone 5.
It’s an unusually media heavy day for the normally very private Tim Cook. Tonight his interview with Brian Williams airs on NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek has published a long, and fascinating, interview with Tim Cook led by Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel. While portions of both interviews have been discussed alreadyâ€”Tim Cook Says Apple To Start Manufacturing Macs In USA SoonÂ andÂ Tim Cook: Television is an “Area of Intense Interest”â€”the discussions in the Businessweek interview are too compelling not to comment more on.
You’ve seen the Apple commercials where kids FaceTime with their grandparents. Heck I FaceTime with my two-year-old nephew and it’s awesome. Apple makes it seem like FaceTime is just a magical program thatÂ just works, but in reality youÂ doÂ need to turn it on and set it up on your devicesâ€”and Macâ€”to make it work.