New products are introduced almost every day. Some make it to store shelves, some don’t. Others are must-haves, and then suddenly they’re old news. Here are two products making some questionable Internet Buzz as fall approaches, and as the Christmas shopping season closes in.
With all of the attention Apple has been receiving over the iPhone and the iPad, many of us may have forgotten about the iPod and how it brought Apple into the world of electronics. Now with these newer devices in the spotlight, what future have in store for the iPod?
The first iPod hit store shelves (North America) in late 2001. Since then, there have been a variety of models that have come in different sizes, and featured in different colors. The most recent, and last iPod to make an introductory appearance at retail was the iPod Touch, back in 2007. Almost 4 years later, there is nothing new in sight. Has the iPod fallen off Apples list of relevant products?
For years now, converged devices have been hot sellers. Mobile phones for example, can easily play the same music that portable music players, including the iPod, can play. So the question being asked by many : “Is the iPod still relevant?”
CNET news speculates that at the upcoming iPod and iTunes event being held this September (2010) by Apple will hold some relevant information.
In PC related news, the HP Slate is finally due out, if it still exists. Earlier this year at CES, Microsoft and HP partnered to showcase the new touchpad device at CES. Video of Steve Balmer showing off a device prototype running Windows 7 made headlines, and product managers did video releases for technology news. Shortly after receiving all of the widespread Internet excitement, the device suddenly up and disappeared. Over the Spring/Summer, speculation started to surround the future of the touchpad when HP acquired Palm. Once this news broke, it was widely understood that the HP Slate was a no go with Windows 7, and would instead feature the Palm WebOS. Recent Google searches (dated from July 2010) bring up cached HP product web pages featuring various Slates with either Win 7 or the WebOS installed. Other Googled searches state that the Slate is on schedule for October 2010 with a low profile rollout aimed as an enterprise computing solution while the Christian Science Monitor reports it will arrive in 2011. It appears that only time will tell whether the much anticipated iPad competitor will actually materialize.
CNET: Can Apple maintain iPod’s relevance?
ZDNet: Steve Ballmer unveils the HP Slate
TechnewsDaily: Another Tablet Falls: HP Slate Cancelled
Christian Science Monitor: HP tablet confirmed for 2011