In January we released information regarding an Apple Special Event for February 24. However, that event has now materialized for March 9th at 10 AM in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Apple has just sent out invitations to select media.
Interestingly, this is a Monday, not a Tuesday which Apple has traditionally held events. For more information on what will be announced, you can review our information here.
Rumors continue to heat up that a new MacBook Air is just around the corner, as European dealers noted Apple has stopped restock shipment requests for the popular laptop. In addition Apple has approved the lowering of exiting U.S. supplies in order to clear channel inventory.
This can only mean one of two things: Apple is discontinuing the MacBook Air or they have an updated version that is to ship soon. We highly doubt this will change will include a rumored 12" MacBook Air model as such a shift would demand a special event to kick off the new laptop. Instead we can expect Apple to update the current 11" and 13" MacBook Air models with the latest Broadwell chipset from Intel. Pricing is likely to remain static unless Apple has seen softness in demand and needs to stimulate the product line.
If rumors come true, expect Apple to send out invitations tomorrow for a Special Event to take place on Tuesday, February 24th. Recently Apple has given short notice between announcements for Special Events and the actual event itself. While seven day is cutting it close, the reasons make sense. First, this Special Event would coincide with what would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday. Second, we needed to get beyond the long-holiday Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend in the U.S. Any invitation sent out before then would have had less impact. Announcing tomorrow makes sense in that there will be few, if any, distractions.
Why Apple would hold a Special Event in the middle of the quarter is two fold. First, Apple would spend some time reviewing Apple Watch and showing us a bit more how it works and why we all need one. Apple would also reveal more specifics on pricing, so people can know what their desires will cost them. Second, Apple would use the event to introduce a new 12" device. There has been much speculation that a forthcoming 12" device could be a MacBook Air (to replace both 11" and 13" models) a MacBook Pro or an iPad Pro (here and here).
The 2015 Super Bowl was awesome, and most of the ads were of good taste and unexpected twists. With the usual sporting event, commercials are the time that one grabs some food or makes the inevitable lavatory break. However, during the Super Bowl, most quiet down and focus in on the commercials. For well over a decade Apple has forgone advertising during the Super Bowl. Not since its Hal commercial in 1999 has Apple partaken in the biggest one day sporting event the world knows. But Apple’s decision is a wise one.
Today’s media is more polarizing than ever. Pete Caroll and the Seahawks went from superheroes to less than mortals in one play. Carol’s play calling, should it have worked, would have pegged him as a coaching genius. USC, Seattle and beyond. But now? Now he should be fired? He’s horrible? Social media and Pete Caroll are on fire. Like Pete Caroll, ads — especially Super Bowl ads, where expectations for greatness are extraordinary — are immediate targets of the media, circling like ravens waiting for one small trip up to dive in and take their spoils. Why would Apple want to partake in an event which leaves them having zero control? It is completely anti-Apple.
Research, rumor and a timely update, inform us that Apple will be holding a special event in February 2015. Exact timing is still unclear, but Tuesday, February 24th, may indeed be the event date, with an as of yet unknown announcement.
As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to take out our retina display crystal 8-ball and peer into 2015. What new goodies will Apple bring forth? Combining our inside-the-beltway information, rumors and amassed knowledge of Apple, here's a look at likely all-new Apple products in 2015:
- All-new MacBook Air (MBA): This will be the much talked about 12-inch MBA w/retina display, in an all-new enclosure design. This will boast Intel's latest Broadwell processors, delivering best-in-class performance, while providing battery sipping efficiencies.
- Photos: Apple's long awaited iPhoto and Aperture replacement.
- Apple Watch: No surprise here, but whether or not Apple Watch Sport Edition comes in at at a reasonable price, or the software provides a "must have" feature not yet revealed is still unknown.
- iBook: This isn't an iOS software update, rather, this will be an all-new ultra-portable laptop, running on a quad-core A9 Apple processor. Whether it supports a new type of iOS, or ported OS X onto the A series processors is unknown. While we have leaned towards are re-designed iOS, the latest information we have is that Apple will migrate OS X to ARM. This product represents the beginning of the end for Intel as an Apple supplier. But unlike the rapid PPC to Intel migration, which Apple accomplished in under a year, the process of moving from Intel to Apple's ARM architecture will be a slow transition, especially when considering the Mac Pro. Expect the iBook announcement to take place during Apple's WWDC keynote address. And no, we don't know if will actually be called iBook.
- iPhone 6S mini: Apple will deliver their annual iPhone updates, with an iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, but will also introduce an all-new iPhone 6S mini. iPhone 6S mini will be the thinnest, lightest, most powerful 4-inch iPhone – or smartphone – ever made. Apple dominating the small and large display smartphone market should continue.
This list comprises only new product introductions, and not include the dozens of software and hardware updates Apple will bring to market. Considering the overall gamut of product releases due in 2015, this may be the busiest year ever for the diminutive Cupertino company.
It was just a couple of months ago that bloggers across the globe — including a few of us at T-GAAP — were asking whether Apple CEO Tim Cook was ever going to take Apple forward. More iPhone, iPad, an Mac updates, it was becoming an innovation snooze-fest as Apple hadn’t entered a new market category or created a revolutionary new product for years.
While WWDC gave developers an entire suite of new software tools such as Metal, Heath Kit and Swift, consumers were wondering whether the magic of creating something new had died with Steve Jobs. Don’t get me wrong, Tim Cook has done a wonderful job managing the company, but users of Apple product expect more than just good company management, they expect cool new technologies that no one but Apple can deliver.
Only ripples remain in the wake of Apple's iPhone and Apple Watch announcements last month, and a vacuum is beginning to fill with "what's next from Apple?" Many rumors are pointing towards Apple hosting an October 21, special event, which appears to be chalk full of Mac goodies.
Apple's Mac lineup, while continuing to build sales momentum, is due for a major upgrades. The iMac is two years old without a chassis, display or major internal overhaul. Rumors of a 5k 27" display are sketchy at best, and whether Apple will magically get their hands on Intel's slow in coming Broadwell chipset is another mystery. Intel isn't expected to launch Broadwell until early 2015, but if anyone can get their hands on Intel's latest and greatest first, history has shown us it would be Apple.
Now that the third OS X Yosemite public beta has been released a clearer picture of when OS X Yosemite’s Gold Master version — the final version — will be ready for download. We continue to predict that Apple will hold true to form and have another Special Event in October. October is a special month on Apple’s calendar as it is the beginning of a new fiscal year, and most corporations like to start their fiscal year by exceeding expectations instead starting behind projected sales and revenue numbers.