On iPad 2 and iPhone Rumours (Piling On)

WARNING: What you are about to read is my totally non-insider, mostly unsubstantiated assumptions about what Apple may or may not decide to do with their iOS devices in 2011.

But really, how different is that from anyone else?

The iPhone 4G (AKA “The Verizon iPhone”)

Yes, I’m even making a call on the name.

I’m pretty sold on this one. There’s no way Apple’s going to move onto an iPhone 5 already. They need to extend the iPhone 4 brand’s lifecycle. Want proof? Exhibit A: iPhone 3. Exhibit B: iPhone 3G. Exhibit C: iPhone 3Gs.

Verizon is already starting to make waves with its “most advanced 4G network” claims for the New Year (or sooner) and AT&T won’t have their act together in time to compete. Quite frankly, I can’t see Apple missing out on having its astoundingly popular device available on a “lightning fast” network. I mean seriously, 4G? Isn’t that just too conveniently sequential to pass up?

Plus there’s also the distinct possibility that Apple’s so-far-underwhelming FaceTime functionality could get a facelift via 4G support. Imagine that: getting to use FaceTime when you actually need it!

And that leads into my presuppositions over the next (and probably more) highly anticipated Apple product:

The iPad 4G (AKA “The iPad 2”)

Okay, I’m less confident in this name.  But hey, Apple is nothing if not consistent.

For the most part, I suspect they want to start pushing the iPad as a communications device. The front and rear-facing cameras are all but given. Apple is smart and easily 2-3 years ahead of what they’re revealing; they wouldn’t roll out FaceTime without knowing iPad would eventually join the party. The question is: how is it going to work?

With the iPad not being tethered (pun intended) to a mobile carrier, its 3G functionality is free to play with any provider. And with a 4G network in the wings that might even have the bandwidth to support millions of users FaceTiming, doesn’t it just make sense to send iPad an engraved invitation?

Being Canadian, it all seems like a moot point since none of our networks are preparing for an imminent 4G upgrade, but I get the feeling that once the next iterations of iPhone and iPad come out, it’ll be the world’s mobile carriers who are trying to play catch up more than smart phone and touch tablet competitors.

2011 will probably be a good year for Apple, but it might be an even better year for Verizon.

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