From the iWatch to the rumored television concept, every
original Apple (NASDAQ:
) device has a rumored release date of sometime in the distant
future. Keep in mind, nothing happens overnight. Apple spent
more than two years
developing the first iPhone. In 2007, consumers had no idea that
the company was on the cusp of changing the cellular phone
business. That was part of the device's charm: it came out of
nowhere and changed everything.
Chances are that will be the path Apple takes with its next
major, groundbreaking release. Unfortunately, without a look
inside the company's R&D, it is impossible to determine if
that product -- whatever it may be -- is even being developed.
Never mind the release; the mere idea could still be several
But generally once the distant future arrives, the release
date falls a year behind the rumored schedule.
The lengthy speculation of Apple's television was heavily
fueled after the release of Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple
co-founder Steve Jobs, in which Jobs said that he "cracked"
the TV code
Even so, the firm's first television is no longer on the rumor
mill for a 2013 release. It has mysteriously disappeared and is
now expected to ship no sooner than 2014.
Earlier this week,
reported that Corning (NYSE:
) said there will be a three-year wait on flexible glass.
and numerous other publications to proclaim that the unconfirmed
iWatch would not be released for at least three years.
Apple has not announced the iWatch, nor has it confirmed that
it will employ flexible glass at any point in the future. Thus,
it is impossible to say for sure that the iWatch has been
delayed. Without any official comments from Apple, all anyone can
do is speculate about its alleged creation or release.
This year's product schedule is expected to mirror 2012. Apple
to ship the fifth-generation iPad, iPhone 5S and the iPad Mini 2
in the second half of 2013. The MacBook Pro, iMac and MacBook Air
are also expected to receive an update.
Up until the aforementioned Bloomberg report, iWatch rumors
had come to a screeching halt. The tech community seemed to shift
its attention back to the iPhone 5S, which has now received a
rumored release date
of August 2013.
If Apple planned to release a new product this year (that is,
an iDevice or some other unprecedented electronic), the company
is likely to remain quiet on the subject until the very last
minute. Apple may appear to be more open to pre-release hype now
that rumors are being pumped out of China on a daily basis, but
the company is officially one of the most secretive corporations
in the world.
Just as Apple surprised consumers with the original slate of
iDevices, it may wish to do the same with whatever it plans to
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