The Rest of 2011

With the MacBook Airs being recently updated, the white MacBook going education-only, rumors of 2 new iPhones this year, and a possible iPad 3 release, I thought I’d offer my predictions for the rest of the year. The following timeline of hardware releases is pure speculation on my part; I have no inside information.

In late August or early September Apple will hold its traditional music-themed iPod event. Every iPod except for the touch will be updated, and 2 new iPhones will be announced. One will be the “iPhone 5” everyone is expecting. It will feature a better camera, the A5 chip, a dual-mode GSM/CDMA Qualcomm chip, and will launch on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint simultaneously. The other will be a new, low-cost, unsubsidized, unlocked iPhone that replaces the iPod touch. The updated iPods will be available online immediately and in stores the next day. The new iPhones will go on sale ~10 days after the media event. There won’t be a “one more thing”.

In October Apple will hold a notebook event. The MacBook Pros will receive a new, MacBook Air-like chassis and will come in 15" and 17" flavors. They will lose their optical drives, go SSD-only, and have IPS displays. The 13" MacBook Pro will be axed from the lineup and the current, education-only white MacBook will be quietly discontinued. Apple will then rebrand the current MacBook Airs as MacBooks. In the end, Apple will sell 4 laptops: An 11" and 13" MacBook, and a 15" and 17" MacBook Pro. The “one more thing” will be an iPad 3, complete with a 264 DPI 2048-by-1536 Retina Display. It will replace the iPad 2 rather than be sold alongside it as a “Pro” model. The new laptops will be available online immediately and in stores the next day. The iPad 3 will be available within a week of the keynote.

We have a lot to look forward to.