Well we’re a week into 2012 and there’s not a ton to report. Not news: it’s January and it’s cold. Actually in the midwest it hasn’t been that cold, but this morning’s twenty-six degrees was frigid enough. Also not news: The NFL playoffs kicked off this weekend. I think someone at NBC, CBS or FOX made a mistake because I couldn’t find the Chiefs anywhere on TV. I’ll have to try next week, I guess. Pseudo-news: the iPad 3 rumors are a’churning. Apple has a few media events coming up, so we can probably expect at least one of the following three announcements.
First, and perhaps most exciting for rural/smaller market Apple fans (I’m looking at you North Dakota), Apple should be unveiling their plans for installing Apple retail mini-stores within Target stores already in place similar to those running within Best Buy stores currently. This may not be a big deal for those of us who can stroll into the multiple Apple stores within our respective metro areas, but I’ve had countless conversations with customers who have driven two or more hours to browse before they buy a MacBook Pro, iPod or iPad. Journey no more, friends. A retail store is coming to a Target near you.
Second, Apple TV rumors. Actually, it’s probably still too soon to hear anything from Cook and Co. regarding the third generation of the Apple TV, which consumers are expecting to cast off its five year misnomer and be an actual TV. But you can keep the buzz alive until we do hear something official.
Third, the iPad 3(D?). Again, perhaps I’m wishing too soon. Though 3D technology isn’t yet at the point where it will be completely accessible to the masses on a portable device like the iPad, there should be some improvements from the beloved iPad 2. Most of what I’ve heard regards the cameras, both of which should be improved. It sounds like the iPad 2 will remain in stores at a discounted price point as well, much like the iPhones 4 and 4s. As always, stay tuned for more.
Have a great week everybody. Especially you, Broncos/Tebow fans. Shortest overtime in NFL history. Let’s take another look, I think: