Tim Cook said that Apple is still committed to the Mac and specifically mentioned the desktop aka iMac. What does this mean for us? Well. I am sitting on a flight right now in the USA – with a couple of other people – and am listening to two people, talking about a new Apple keyboard… with an on-off switch.
Let’s see if this in flight Internet thing works… Ok. Cool. It actualy works.
Edit: the next iPad and iPhone is said to come with some form of wireless charging, and the iMac stand should support that, and work as a two way charger; burst mode for iPhone and iPad, and a slower (normal?) mode for the new keyboard and magic trackpad. They also talked about pairing the TouchID (read our fingerprint) with your Apple ID, so that you can use it anywhere in the world on all supported Mac’s. Though Apple is said to still investigate the legal and privacy implications of it.
Hardware support for TouchID is backed in on the motherboard, just like the new Macbook Pro, and the new keyboards will not work with current Mac models. It can also only power on/off the Mac that it is paired with.
The two people do not believe that the current Mac Pro will be sold in 2017; a new power desktop should replace it, or “the memo to employees” should stop Apple from exploring this path.
Apple is also working on a “Hub” to interact with smart devices in our homes, and it should also work as backup facility and WiFi access point.
It is four people (two are obvious developers) with Apple badges in one and the same plane. Sounds great, but let’s just see if anything actually ends up in our hands 😉
What are they chances that you ever get to meet Apple engineers in an airplane, or anywhere else for that matter, and then they also talk openly about unreleased products. Zero you say. And you are right!
So Pike are you saying that it never happened? Correct! I hereby retract my blog post. I’ll keep it up, but with this note:
We since learned that the people in this airplane were ex-Apple employees. People who started their own company, so that they could design and produce products for Apple customers. They have nothing to do with Apple.
Ok. There you have it. This is the note that I have to post here. Go figure!