What do you think will be Apples next product category?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Quu, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. Quu macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2007
    They've done Desktops, Laptops, Servers, Routers, MP3 players, Mobile Phones, Tablets and now Watches.

    What do you think will be the next category they enter?
  2. spac3duck macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2017
    Something from Gartner's Hype Cycle?

    (Although it's not a new product category, I would be interested in Apple to get their Pencil to work with the large trackpads on the current generation MacBooks.

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  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Tim Cook would like to know as well :p

    I think we're seeing apple transition into more services and that trend will continue. I think they're early foray into services has not been that successful, outside of apple music, so it seems a bit of a learning curve for them
  4. Quu thread starter macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2007
    Holy thread revival! - I posted this originally in 2015!
  5. Tech198 macrumors G4

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    They could be almost anything.

    haha..and it's still going.. :D
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 46 years ago
    I wish they'd get into robotic assistants, especially for the elderly or infirm.

    There's a huge age bubble right now and lots of financially well off people are going to need assistance.

    Besides, I don't want to just say, "Siri order some food." I want something that'll make it and bring it to me :D
  7. imanidiot Suspended

    May 1, 2011
    Denver, CO
    Given the apparent difficulty they have in keeping their present product roster current (years between updates anyone?)---with the exception of the iPhone, of course, Apple's Holy Grail---I think that the last thing Apple is equipped to handle is a new product category.
  8. JMacHack macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2017
    VR, assuming the mMP pans out. If HTC or Oculus won't do it, Apple likely will.
  9. Bart Kela, Apr 19, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017

    Bart Kela Suspended

    Bart Kela

    Oct 12, 2016
    Entering a category is NOT the same as owning it. One could probably spout out dozens of categories that Apple could enter, but that's less important than mastery.

    The one category that is the most obvious which you didn't list is television, the most heavily used entertainment appliance in the world.

    Yes, there is Apple TV, but clearly Apple does not think of the current offering as a real solution. They refer to it as a "hobby." I realize the original post here was written in 2015, but Apple was already had an Apple TV product.

    Television is really the 800 pound gorilla in the room. I own a 3rd generation Apple TV as well as a Roku. I have friends/colleagues with a wide variety of competitors' TV solutions and clearly there is no winner.
  10. prizm macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2007
    My guess is banking. If you think about it, it perfectly aligns with their present strategy. They could take the maximum amount of consumer money without having to do absolutely anything. Cut out the need for hardware or software and go straight for the monies in your wallet. It's a revolution in banking. Amazing. Wonderful.
  11. Tech198 macrumors G4

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Apple TV will always be a 'hobby'

    Personally the current crop of u buy apps and download/pay for separate subscription seems much better idea, then a "bundled" one because u suddenly start out that way, but won't be long till u find yourself acting as a cable provider (offering all the choices under the rainbow, and charging more for them, no one even asked.)

    Keep it separate, and give users a choice.. that's my stance going forward. Either u get them on board, or u don't whichever way u look at it.

    Robots sound good, but u get to the point, even then u get something so life-like, everyone will be worried they'd be mistaking their g/f for for a robot.... suddenly, where would that lead to..???

    All u gotta do is watch the episode of Futurama to see that :)
  12. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
  13. spac3duck macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2017
    They certainly touched on some of the points from the Gartner's Hype Cycle in todays WWDC i.e. connected home, machine learning, augmented reality etc although it turns out they are turning out speakers next with Siri integration!
  14. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

    Apr 13, 2017
    Of course VR is coming in different ways,and Apple will sure include more services,like the ones we already seen. When it comes to major hardware,self-driving cars,and maybe an Apple DSLR camera,compatible with idevices and macOS could be something. Wearable health equipment is most likely coming,like glucose meters,fever thermometer and other things I just cannot imagine right now.
  15. Michael Goff macrumors G4

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Obviously they're pushing into cars and AR/VR. Neither of them will likely be big, though. ;)

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