When it comes to forecasting the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is tomorrow's hardware announcements.
Update: Who won?
During last night's Talkcast, the TUAW family was split over their predictions. One of us felt that Apple would limit themselves tomorrow to a single iPhone model. Others disagreed. Strongly. Here's how our guesses broke down.
The Lord of the Rings: Erica felt there would be only one phone to rule them all, with more RAM, an A5 chip, better internals and possibly more sensors -- all powering new user features. She didn't care whether it was called a 4S or 5, but felt it likely would follow the current case shape.
Twins: Doc Rock theorized that Apple would introduce two models: a fully powered Schwartzenegger version and a lower-cost DeVito model, offering a bargain-basement intro price. Steve and Kelly jumped on the Twins-scenario bandwagon as well.
Austin Powers: Mike Rose posited that we'd see a variation of the Twins approach, but that the inexpensive mini-me phone (likely an 8GB iPhone 4, an alternative of the DeVito, but not a truly new unit) would be sold out-of contract, as a standalone multi-carrier device at a rock-bottom price.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: One other theory floated during the talkcast was about the iPod touch. We suggested that Apple might discontinue the iPod touch as we know it and re-introduce it with 3G capabilities, much as the iPad offers. The iPod touch would be taken over and assimilated into the iPhone family in addition to a new 4S or 5.
So those are how our theories broke down according to movie genre. Agree? Disagree? You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your predictions.