What will Apple think of next? Five ridiculous predictions.
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Say hello to the iToast, the world’s thinnest toaster. Don’t let its svelte profile fool you: packed inside this spectacularly amazing and indispensable device is all the power of a conventional toaster, and then some. And by removing the slots for bread, we have slimmed the iToast to a mere two inches wide. From $1199. Illustration by Jake Turcotte/Text by Eoin O'Carroll
Introducing the iPad Nano, the world’s smallest tablet computer. This amazingly revolutionary device offers up everything you love about the iPad, but at less than a tenth of the size. Whether you’re surfing the Web, checking email, playing video games, reading a book, or editing an HD movie, the iPad Nano puts the whole world at the tip of your finger. Smart Cover not included. Starting at $699. Illustration by Jake Turcotte/Text by Eoin O'Carroll
You just purchased a MacBook Air, an iPad 2, and an iPhone 4. But what do you do with your old MacBook, iPad, and iPhone 3? Meet the iBrick, a revolutionary way of destroying your newly obsolete Apple products. What’s more, the iBrick is 100 percent compatible with devices running Windows, Linux, and Android. The sturdy brushed aluminum unibody construction makes the iBrick sleek, durable, and ready to smash anything. Starting at $499. Illustration by Jake Turcotte/Text by Eoin O'Carroll
Do you want a Mac OS that runs both Rosetta AND Launchpad? One that supports the Classic environment, but also evokes iOS. Meet Liger, this magically skilled hybrid operating system that combines the features of Mac OS X v10.4 and Mac OS X v10.7. Free. Illustration by Jake Turcotte/Text by Eoin O'Carroll
Even Mac users need to press their shirts every once in a while. Introducing the iRon, a hyperbolically fantastic ironing system with an easy-to-use interface, amazing features, and rock-solid-stability. Simply plug in the retractable USB cable, wait three hours for the plate to heat up, and you’ll be on your way to a wrinkle-free wardrobe. From $999. Illustration by Jake Turcotte/Text by Eoin O'Carroll
The phablet market is only going to get larger in coming years, Juniper Research says.
In Asia, sales of the phablet – that ungainly hybrid of smartphone and tablet – are already up 600 percent year-over-year. And according to the analytics firm Juniper Research, the popularity of the phablet is only likely to grow further in coming years, not just in one market, but globally.