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Analyst: Apple's roadmap for 2011

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Analyst: Apple's roadmap for 2011
Gene Munster, described as a top Apple analyst, has made his predictions for 2011. Among them is one of the most hotly debated topics in the smartphone community at present - the Verizon-branded Apple iPhone, which is said to be 90% certain, as well as the Mac App Store (100% sure) and the iTunes cloud service (80%).

Here's the full list of major Apple-related events as anticipated by Gene Munster:

- Verizon launch of the iPhone: Probability 95%
- Mac App Store: Probability 100% (Jan. 6 launch)
- iTunes cloud services: Probability 90%
- iPad geographic expansion: Probability 100%
- iPad subsidies from carriers: Probability 80%
- OS X Lion: Probability 100% (summer 2011)

2011 is still young and all we can do is wait. Various reports/analyses point to different things - just for example, the next-generation iPad is supposed to come either in Q1 2011 or April 2011, while the Verizon iPhone has been "coming soon" for a while now (actually since 2007). Anyway, what do you think of these predictions?

via: Business Insider

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posted on 03 Jan 2011, 10:42

1. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)

A Verizon iPhone will make a ton of money, but it won't perform that well. Verizon 3G rarely breaks 100 Kbps were I live. Their network is bogged down. Most Verizon agents around me provide wireless internet through other sources; they have no faith in their own network.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 11:44 1

3. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

they're supposedly bulking up their network in most areas. plus, 4G will ease the strain on the 3G network.

network strength differs region to region. it might be weak where you are, but most places vzw is the strongest network.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 12:12 2

4. verizonindirect121212 (unregistered)

Just ran a speed test on my Fascinate... 1994 kbps..yeah ur right it barely cracks 100 u retard..get ur facts straight before u post something like that...

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 12:57

6. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

Just because you get that doesn't mean that someone across the country will get the same. Haven't you seen the speed tests done by various sources?

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 13:27

8. trentsinmypants (Posts: 324; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)

I just downloaded the speedtest.net app on my DROID 2.

1145 up
827 down

Bellevue, WA

Where do you live, the sticks?

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 13:33

9. trentsinmypants (Posts: 324; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)

Just ran a speedtest on my iPhone 3Gs too

1.52 up
.04 down

Bellevue Wa

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 11:31

2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

For once, I'm not going to talk about the iPhone.

One thing I want so badly is more cloud based service in regards to media. I've downloaded an app called Orb and currently use a free (and much better app) called ZumoCast that lets me pick a folder on my computer and stream video, music, documents, and photos. What makes it sweeter is that I can actually download all three of those to my phone over wifi or 3G. I wish I had known about it when I was in the Vegas Airport with nothing to do and super slow internet speeds (only had Orb back then). At any rate, I think Apple needs to move into this area. That way, it frees up space on the phone, for things like apps. I think Apple should also move into the streaming radio service too.

Other than that, I am excited for the iMac App store. I love having a Mac, but my God finding programs for certain functions is tough. This will make it far easier to get apps for a Mac...

At any rate, excited!

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 12:59

7. 2lazy2login (unregistered)

Too bad when/if apple launches a cloud based service, the iSheeple will think, "Steve Jobs, our lord and savior, has just invented the newest thing since sliced bread!)

MS has been incorporating cloud based services into their software suites since 2006. I was a beta tester for live mesh and sky drive since 2007. The theory of the KIN (that Verizon was so afraid of) was this exact purpose. Have a phone with limited internal storage, but supplement that storage over the internet via the carrier or wifi. Verizon saw 25GB of free data and pee'd their pants "OMG if we offer it then EVERYONE will use a minumum of 25gb of data per month"

This idea show the idocracy of corporations and businessmen that do not research before implementation.

MS has planned this exact same thing for WP7 device since their inception, but leave it to apple to copy and claim it as "ground breaking and magical" and watch the masses flock like the true herd they are and blindly believe an apple add....

to make my point short. Danger did this first with the SIDEKICK, then the KIN was SUPPOSED to be the next evolution that VZW single-handedly destroyed, and now apple fanbois will pretend that their messiah invented such an idea... sad.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 13:54

10. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Man, people like you need to stop being so bitter and just get an iPhone. Maybe you are some 13-year-old who is on your mom and dad's Verizon plan or something...I don't know.

Here's the thing about business in Corporate America. You don't have to be the first to introduce something, you just have to be the best at it. Microsoft didn't have the best OS for all these years, but by God, they sold it better than anyone else out there. Ford wasn't the first to make cars, but he made them cheaper and more affordable. Hell, Muhammed wasn't the first savior from God, but he did a good job at getting millions to follow him.

You can hate Apple all you want dude, but Apple is doing great as a company. And you need to understand, they don't make products for nerds, they make products for consumers. Consumers need something easy and Apple does just that. And they do it well.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 14:14

13. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

I'm a nerd by the way...so I don't mean to insult.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 14:03

11. trentsinmypants (Posts: 324; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)

For the record, VZW wasnt afraid of the KIN.....they just know a piece of shit when they see one. :)

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 17:22

16. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Then why did they include it in their line up to begin with?

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 13:10

21. dpullen81 (Posts: 13; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)

$$$$ from microsoft lol. the companies pay said amounts of $ to have carriers promote their products and place them on whatever shelf in the store they choose. that being said, microsoft has tons of money and obviously doesnt know where to spend it so thats the story of the kin and why it was on our front shelves. same thing as the palm stuff

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 14:10

12. Fanboykiller (unregistered)

Apple is gonna release the Ipad for every carrier next month, the Iphone on slow-rizon or any other carrier wont be real until 2012 there's a contract documents that are real fanboys stop whining this is funny......!!!!!!

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 14:53

14. LTE4G (unregistered)

"... and the iTunes cloud service (80%)."
"...iTunes cloud services: Probability 90%"

80 or 90? or was the 80 supposed to be for vzw iphone?
who knows if they can't get their numbers straight LOL
I say more like 0.95% haha :)

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 14:59

15. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I get 4MPBS down and 1.8 up where I live in CALI.......whoop...whoop

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 18:53

17. xtroid2k (Posts: 534; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

Well, being that the iphone has been coming since 2007 all we can do is wait. As far as numbers are concerned I'll beleive it when I see it. I love my Droid and can't wait to upgrade as I am eligable as of today cause I'm on my friends employee plan. However what we all must remember while we are talking about how bad the Iphone is; we wouldn't have android and its excellent phones to go with it if it was not for Apple. Everybody bashes Apple however I must say they make great product. I am an IT guy by trade and a nerd and a family man. Sometimes an easy intuitive device that just works for your average consumer is what people need. I am an android fan till I die but that doesn't matter to your average joe six pack who can't tie his shoe lases but can now with ease communicate on a complex but simple device.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 20:35

18. laxman2898 (unregistered)

what will b the fate of nokia???

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 21:23

19. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)

SPRINT 4G SERVICE ROCKS... I got the best phone out as we speak Epic 4g speedtest 7.32 dwn 1.5 upload here in NY

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 22:03

20. tuminatr (Posts: 861; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)

tested my Verizon LTE aircard 18.13 down 5.92 up

posted on 04 Jan 2011, 18:16

22. 4gFanBoy (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)

Just ran a speedtest on my verizon lte aircard got 11.3 mbps down and 5.2 upload and ran a speedtest on my htc evo 4g and got 8.7 mbps down and 1.12 up only because sprint caps upload speeds at 1 mbps and I ran a speedtest on my g2 got 3.4 mbps and 1.8 upload and ran it on my brothers iphone 4 and got 3.5 mbps down and 1.75 up and that's with hspa+ in my area for att and those are the fastest speeds I got ran 10 times on each in the same area full signal for all those are not average so that's in downtown seattle at 9 last nite so not a lot a people on the networks any of them

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 12:02

23. rstar (unregistered)

where did phone arena get these statistics from: 90%, 95% etc...i have yet to see any real legit announcement about iphone on verizon. Besides, Im soo happy with my droid x, i dont really have a reason to go back to the iphone.

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