Over the past year, things seem to have slowed down at Apple. OS upgrades have spaced out. The iPhone seems to have stabilized to a fairly consistent product -- the 4, 4S, and 5 aren't markedly different, other than a small bump in size. OS X has become more a matter of bug fixes, smoothing and refinement, than new features. So where's our big wow?
It's not that Apple really needs innovation at this point. Its stable of products has a continued high demand, and consumers are responding to channel inventory in a gratifying way.
Most of Apple's newest products have been upgraded in subtle but important ways, but "subtle" doesn't always feed the public's perception of innovation and revolution. So does Apple need that innovative push right now?
The competition, certainly, has not stood still. From handsets the size of baby dolphins to low-cost high-definition tablets, the market is trying to find new device expressions. Where does Apple stand in all this? You tell us.
Join in our poll and then drop your opinions into the comments section, and tell us where you see Apple innovating over the next few years.
|Why change perfection? From tablets to phones to Macs, Apple is giving consumers the product they want, the way they want it. We don't need a revolution. Evolution is just fine.||97 (6.7%)|
|iOS 7, OS X 10.9, this year. New features, new abilities, lots to look forward to. Mark my words.||246 (16.9%)|
|It's all about what's going on behind the curtain. Revolutionary tech takes time. You don't have to ship on a once-a-year schedule when you're working on greatness. Just wait for "One More Thing". It's coming.||467 (32.2%)|
|It's time for Apple to start taking lessons from Android. Look at how Android can use NFC to pair with gadgets. Consider how easy it is to do basic things like enable and disable WiFi. It's a great experience, one that should migrate to iOS and OS X||312 (21.5%)|
|Cook is righting the ship. If I had shipped Mountain Lion / iCloud / etc, I certainly would take a year or two to iron out the major bugs before thinking about shipping new tech||125 (8.6%)|
|I don't know what it will be, but Apple will give us a "boom" and it will be soon.||162 (11.2%)|
|Something else. I'll explain in the comments.||43 (3.0%)|