10 Apple Product Concepts...That Didn't Come True
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) finally unveiled the Apple Watch last September, proving once and for all that the product is real. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for a plethora of other rumored Apple products.
Let's take a look at a handful of Apple products that never came to fruition...at least not yet.
1. Large-Screen iPad
Is this long-awaited iPad -- the 12-inch device that will apparently change everything just by adding two inches to the display -- really in development?
Thus far, Apple has given no indication the iPad XL is real.
2. Indestructible Sapphire Display
This promising idea almost happened. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple was very close to releasing an iPhone with a sapphire display last year. That plan failed when its supplier came up short and filed for bankruptcy.
3. Television Set
Media hype indicates that everyone wants a TV from Apple. Rumors indicated it would arrive in 2012, then 2013, and most recently 2014. The hype and hope is never-ending.
From the promise of a massive Retina Display to the belief that Apple will only release a TV when the price is right, many wanted to believe that the product is real. After waiting several years for its arrival, it might be time to move on.
4. Touch Screen MacBook Air
5. iPhone Mini
Now that Apple has officially converted its devices to the large screen format, rumors of a so-called iPhone Mini have resurfaced. Early rumors indicated that it would be a pint-sized device that could be crammed into the smallest of pockets.
Now the rumor-mill simply states that the iPhone Mini will be a four-inch version of the current model.
6. Heart-Monitoring Ear Buds
This eight month-old rumor could still come true, but investors shouldn't hold their breath.
7. A Better iPad Air
Sometimes companies are so good at being visionaries that they inspire others to look well beyond their own vision. This is frequently the case with Apple.
It happened last April when modulR created a number of impressive iPad Air concepts that demonstrated how 3D gesture controls might work. Apple has a patent for that, so it's not like the idea came out of nowhere. But it definitely didn't come out last fall when the iPad Air 2 arrived.
8. Curved-Back iPhone
Curved screens are one of the latest trends, but what about a curved backside? One artist predicted that Apple would develop an iPhone with a rounded rear.
There was a degree of truth to his concept, but Apple ultimately went in another direction.
9. Apple TV With Games
Many expected Apple to release an updated Apple TV with full app support. Rumors supported that assumption, but Apple has yet to make a move in this direction.
10. Cheap iPhone
Analysts insisted it was coming. Year after year, they were wrong.
Apple did release the colorful iPhone 5C to replace the less colorful iPhone 5. That device was very expensive, however (it started at $549) and did not sell enough units to warrant a sequel. Looking back, investors might get a kick out of the reports claiming that Apple would sell a brand-new iPhone for $250.
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.
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