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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

What products To Expect From Apple In 2017

In my earlier post, I reported from a leaked internal memo, Apple's CEO Tim Cook confirmed there will be new and exciting products coming in 2017.

It will be another bumper year for Apple after a very successful 2016. Expect new iPhones, iPads, iMacs and MacBooks in the next few quarters.

The following products are expected in 2017 :

iPhone 8 

This new phone will make its debut, powered by the all new A11 processor. The iPhone 8 is expected to have an OLED screen and all-glass edge-to-edge display, similar to Samsung's S7 Edge and Note 7 phones.

In the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple did away with the headphone jack in favor of wireless iPhone Airpods. The iPhone 8 is expected to do away with the Home button for the first time and comes with wireless charging and iris scanning. The new camera will have state-of-the-art sensors for low light performance and deliver improved image quality.

iPad Series

The eighth generation iPad and iPad Pro will make their appearance, replete with screen sizes ranging from 9.7 to 12.9 inches. They will be equipped with additional memories, more powerful processors, higher resolution screens and cameras, may even include 4K video capability in some model.

iMac and MacBooks

Apple will be updating its iMac desktop computer line after introducing new MacBook Pro laptops this year. New features will include more powerful processors, graphic chips and USB Type-C connectors.

Microsoft has been giving Apple quite a competition with its highly rated Surface Studio all-in-one PC. Apple plans to ally fears it may cede some of the desktop turf to other high end competitors.

Augmented Reality (AR) devices 

In a recent interview, Tim Cook discussed Apple's interest in AR over competing Virtual Reality (VR) products, as evidenced by the AR game Pokémon Go on the latest Apple Watch.

"My own view is that Augmented Reality is the larger of the two, probably by far, because this gives the capability for both of us to sit and be very present talking to each other, but also have other things visually for both of us to see," Cook said. "Maybe it's something we're talking about, maybe it's someone else here that is not here, present, but could be made to appear to be present with us. So there's a lot of really cool things there."

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