Apple, in all their presumptuousness, has now pushed iOS 7.0.3 to both my iPhone and my iPad. I have not yet installed iOS 7 at all, nor do I want to. It’s ugly, it breaks with my muscle-memory conventions, and frankly I have no need for it. But there it sits anyway, consuming precious storage and trying to goad me into installation with the big red circle sitting atop the “Settings” icon.
Another red badge on my home screen is the number of apps on my phone with available updates. Currently, it reads 105. iOS 7 brings the promise of auto-updating my apps, so I never have to see this badge again. But for now it sits, like the world’s slowest odometer showing me exactly how obsolete I am becoming.
And of course, this doesn’t even include the cost if your data runneth over, which is a whole other absurd list of charges. Because of this mass confusion and chaos, I’m pretty much decided on wi-fi only.
Remember when AT&T offered unlimited data for iPad for $30? For one month? Then killed that?
But now it’s time for rumor-mill roundups. How did I do? Okay, but not great.
Front facing and rear facing cameras. I mean, come on. Everybody saw that coming.
Increase in storage capacity. Sadly, this was not too be. Same storage options as before, but at the same price. Kind of a bummer here. Apple, lately, has been offering upgraded specs at previous model prices, but not this time.
3G Everywhere. Not even close on this one. Not only are the wi-fi only models still an option, but you have to pick either AT&T or Verizon. Given that there are three storage options, this makes a whopping 918 different models to choose from. That’s very un-Apple like.
SD card slot. No on that one. No ThunderBolt either (I didn’t think there would be), but there is HDMI mirroring. I don’t think anyone saw that coming.
So overall, my predictions were crap. Why did you even listen to me?
Well, everyone else has gotten into the act, so with a little more than twenty-four hours left in which to speculate, here are my official predictions as to what the new iPads to be announced tomorrow will have:
Increase in storage capacity. Bye-bye, 16GB. Your new low-end iPad will be the 32GB, with 64GB and 128GB being the middle and high-end options, at the same prices as the current low/middle/high ends.
3G everywhere. I think the wi-fi only option will also go by the wayside. Starting tomorrow, every iPad will contain the required circuitry for handling GSM and CDMA 3G networks.
SD card slot. Okay, even I don’t believe this one, but I’m throwing out there for a lark. If you believe all the case leaks, there’s a mystery port at the top of the new device. USB? Perish the thought. ThunderBolt? Well, maybe. But I think an SD card makes the most sense of the possible options.
So how did I do? We’ll find out tomorrow afternoon.