I was walking past the Apple store recently and wondering if as a heretic I was going to burst into flames as I walked in. After no signs of combustion I wandered round looking at the goodies.
I'm the first to admit that Apple's gear looks good. Nice designs, lots of colours, all great eye candy. Financially however, the stocks have been falling as the newness of the Apple offerings have faded away. Being as objective as possible I don't see how they can recover unless they come out with a new product equivalent of the iPhone when it was first released. What this could possibly be is hard to say but a new input peripheral of some kind would be a great start. Another option is a fully open broad CODEC based media player like those of say A.C. Ryan but from a major brand name like Apple. Of course the concept of "open" has eluded Apple for most of its life.
Then there is the upcoming Galaxy S4, due out within about a month of when you read this. The certainties so far seem to be the 13mp camera with a 2mp front facing one, a full 1080p 4.99-inch screen with Android 4.2.2. The CPU will either be a quad core CPU with 2GB of RAM or becoming more likely an Exynos 5 8-core CPU and perhaps a Mali T-678 8-core GPU. The announcement could be as early as March 14. It is shaping up to be a market killer of a product.
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