What do you think about this potential 2017 product line up for Apple?

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  1. spac3duck macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    Long time lurker first time poster.
    I’ve been thinking about the potential future line up for Apple and was wondering what you thought about this arrangement (Refer the attached albeit really rough picture).

    Red = To be released this year
    Green = Current products
    S = Small
    R = Regular
    L = Large

    Considerations:
    • Apple moves to split product line up into Professional and Consumer
    • iPhone 10th Edition released with new design and marketed as the Pro Phone option while the iPhone 7s + 7s Plus released with minor spec bumps and different colours
    • iPad Mini Pro launched to compliment the Pro Tablet range. iPad Mini 4 kept as the low entry model for consumers with a 10.5” launched and targeted towards the Education market (i.e. big screen like iPad Pro 12.9” but easier to handle in the hands of students)
    • iMac adopts the Pro name for it’s top end models with a slight spec bump to warrant the difference
    • The ‘Air’ line is dropped and the Mac Mini turns into ‘Mac’ with the Mac Pro as the better spec model
    Overall this would mean:
    iPhone —> iPhone Pro
    iPad —> iPad Pro
    MacBook —> MacBook Pro
    iMac —> iMac Pro
    Mac —> Mac Pro


    I guess my thoughts/hopes were that Apple would release:
    - iPad Mini Pro and 10.5" iPad at Campus Launch in April
    - Updated Desktops at WWDC, and
    - iPhones at September/October event

    Cheers



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  2. profets macrumors 68040

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    I like where you're going/thinking, and appreciate the layout in the table you've created as well, but I feel like it's too many products. I also don't think Apple will ever advertise one line as consumer and one as professional (we can see with iPad Pro marketing that they're treating it like laptop replacement for anyone, not just for professional use compared to the regular iPad). And that 10.5" iPad will definitely be the Pro model replacement of the current 9.7.

    First off, I think it's safe to say the Mac and Mac Pro you have may not stick around for much longer (sadly in my opinion, and I do like the simplicity in that naming).

    I'd guess for this year we'll end up seeing:

    iPhone SE
    iPhone 7s
    iPhone 7s Plus
    iPhone Edition/Pro

    iPad (7.9" and 9.7") - I'm not convinced that they care enough about the mini form factor to even give it this treatment.
    iPad Pro (10.5" and 12.9")

    MacBook (12")
    MacBook Pro (13" and 15")

    iMac (21" and 27")
    iMac Pro (27")

    I do like the simplicity with iPad and iPad Pro, MacBook and MacBook Pro when it comes to naming. I think we'll eventually get a cleaner iPhone lineup as well (iPhone SE, iPhone, iPhone Plus, iPhone Pro) as opposed to just keeping older models around.
     
  3. kingkoopakoopa macrumors newbie

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    For the most part Apple has done a fair job with their line up. It's diverse enough to draw in entry buyers while still retaining adequate/great quality across the lines.

    I wish they really distinguish there "Pro" tablet market more with OS X or something more robust. I don't like that my iPad Pro is almost essentially an iPad or iPhone.

    The pro branding is being thrown very loosely with Apple.
     
  4. profets macrumors 68040

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    I think we need to accept at this point that the pro moniker is being used a marketing term at this point to distinguish higher end models.

    I gotta be honest, while I hope they keep improving iOS and bringing more powerful features, what I love most about it is that it runs iOS and not MacOS.
     
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  6. spac3duck thread starter macrumors regular

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    And the iPad was just an iPad for many years too...
     
  7. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    Yah but you have space of a iPad to do real work and create things, you can't do that same stuff on a phone, I mean what defines a Pro iPhone?
     
  8. profets macrumors 68040

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    I guess in a way any iPhone could be considered 'pro' if it's a tool used by professionals. I don't think they're going to call it Pro though. I feel like iPhone Edition is more likely,
     
  9. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    Yah I don't see Apple just skipping 7s and having the iPhone 8 as they have never done that in the past.
     
  10. profets macrumors 68040

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    I think the most likely option is that after 7s/7s Plus the iPhone names will no longer have numbers. Eventually they would start to sound a bit silly "The new iPhone 14" for example.

    Sounds like pretty strong hints towards a higher end phone that'll sit above the 7s and 7s Plus. And a continuously updated iPhone SE below them.
     
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    May be the most expensive iphone will be called "Iphone XP";)
     
  12. JPack macrumors 65816

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    I don't think they will have a 7.9" iPad Pro. And it's too early to bring the 10.5" display to the consumer iPad.

    The 9.7" display was already deemed small for Pro users which is why they are bringing in 10.5". Apple could have a done a 9.7" thin bezel if that's what pro users wanted. A 7.9" tablet leaves no room for a Smart Keyboard or real productivity.
     
  13. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    This is looking more likely than I thought it would with Federighi saying they'll release an updated iMac which includes pro configurations - an 'iMac Pro', if you will.

    The only part I'd still doubt is the iPad line - I think the 10.5" will replace the 9.7", and there won't be a pro 7.9" device. That leaves two sizes for both consumer and prosumer (7.9" and 9.7"; 10.5" and 12.9" respectively), which I think makes sense.
     
  14. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    I agree now all we need is the event to be announced:confused::(
     
  15. profets macrumors 68040

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    It'll be announced. In 5-6 months. Lol
     
  16. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    As much as I'd love a 10.5" iPad to be announced tomorrow to replace my Air 1, I just can't see any more hardware refreshes until Autumn.

    You have to think that if an event were on the horizon, the red iPhone, watch bands, iPad 2017, and now the Mac Pro and iMac roadmap statement would've been presented at the same time. Along with not wanting to steal thunder away from a bezel-less iPhone, and the complete lack of part leaks, it just seems very unlikely.
     
  17. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    I guess that's fine but if it's a Fall launch then they need to impress with performance A11X not a 10X
     
  18. profets macrumors 68040

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    Now there's an interesting thought. They usually reserve the newest A series SoC for the iPhone launch since it requires significant quantities. The few times the iPad has gotten it the same year (A7 Air/mini2, A8X for Air2 and A9X for the 12.9) it's only happened when the iPad shipped 1-2 months after the iPhone.
     
  19. gobikerider macrumors 68000

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    I mean it would if they do a Fall event they'd probably do a October event. Although I find it odd to believe it's that far off as production already has started.
     
  20. profets macrumors 68040

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    Is there any evidence to suggest that production has already started?

    I really think they're coming at a fall event. But I'd happily stand corrected if its sooner. I definitely think it won't be this month. The only other possibility I see (not that I think there's a great chance of it), is iPad Pro announcements at WWDC along with significant iPad features in iOS 11.
     
  21. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    I have been saying all this for the Last 2 Years you must have read my Previous Posts. Apple Has Had a 2 Tier Product Line for ages. It's now that they are expanding it to other categories.

    IPhone Pro, and iPad Pro stuff that never existed til last year.


    This 2 Tier approach happens in almost every industry.

    Tooyta Camry and Toyota Corolla would be the equivalent of Mac and Mac Pro
    McDonalds Cheeseburger or BigMac

    There's always a slightly upgraded product for a little more money.
     
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  23. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

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    I thought we were talking about phones?
     
  24. spac3duck thread starter macrumors regular

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    What size display did you have in mind for the big screen SE?
    Currently:
    4" - iPhone SE
    4.7" - iPhone 7
    5.5" - iPhone 7 Plus
    5.8" - (My assumption of a borderless iPhone Pro)

    Would a larger SE take away the relevance of the 4.7"?
     
  25. j2ee Suspended

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    5.5" or bigger is big enough for me
     

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