. E-Wallet and Electronic Payments
Milunovich notes that there have been many rumors suggesting that Apple’s next iteration of the iPhone will feature a biometric fingerprint sensor combined with near field communication, or NFC, capability. These functions could easily lay the foundation for the iPhone’s use as a convenient and secure mobile payment device. Apple’s patent titled “Payment Options Based on Location” describes some of the other possibilities that an e-wallet would afford users
Intelligent Stylus or “iPen”
Although a stylus seems like a throwback to the Apple MessagePad PDA, this proposed device would have many more functions. The “Optical Stylus” would feature a camera and a pressure sensor that would allow a user to interact with display screens in three dimensions. Milunovich speculates that this device could easily be combined with a revolutionary painting or drawing software.
It could also be used in conjunction with a Projection iPad, essentially creating a giant iPad without incurring the cost of manufacturing a large touchscreen. Perhaps even more interesting, Milunovich imagines that this stylus device could be used in conjunction with Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass, allowing users to dynamically interact with a virtual screen.
Hope no pen or stylus which I know I will lose. Also not to keen on fingerprint thingy. Thieves will now not only steal your iPhone but will cut off your finger as well. Yikes!!
What I want:
1) New Mac Pro with Thunderbolt
2) Logic Pro X
3) Buy Apogee
4) Buy Line 6
5) LED light bulbs with buil-in Airport Express
6) Wi-Fi Wall Phone with Digital Clock on POE
7) iPad Mini with wireless charging and double up as iTV
8) iTV , 60, 65, 45,25 inches
9) AirPlay video on third party devices
10) Buy Roland and release a VG-99 upgrade
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Just wait, I can't wait to see the unveiling of Apple's shock and awe product campaign come Q3! With Apple, expect the unexpected and I bet the only 2 item they launch that won't be a surprise to the public will be the itv and iwatch and I can't wait to see what the other game changers are - STRONG BUY HERE!!!!
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Consensus is that WWDC will be a snoozer. Fall products may mostly be upgrades. Cook was strongly pointing to 2014 for supposed game changing stuff. Most say iWatch wont be released until late 2014. iTV has sort of been written off. Samsung owns TV at the moment anyway. Apple needs to come out with a whole new paradigm for content consumption and they just don't have the muscle to do that anymore.
Apple’s patent titled “Accessing a Vehicle Using Portable Devices” outlines a method for making your iPhone perform many of the functions that are found on many NFC (near field communication) vehicle access fobs. These remote functions can include starting the engine, rolling down the windows, and unlocking the doors.
However, instead of a generic NFC vehicle access device that could easily be used by anyone, your iPhone would require some form of secure authentication before it would allow a user to access a vehicle’s functions. Milunovich notes that the fobs for luxury cars often need to be replaced, which can cost upwards of $500.
Enfolding a car fob’s functions into the iPhone would give consumers a more secure and less costly method for remotely accessing their vehicle. Milunovich also notes that Siri has already been incorporated into some vehicles made by Honda, Chevrolet, and other manufacturers.
Apple may also be gearing up to enter the world of gaming. Based on a patent titled “Relative Positioning of Devices Based on Captured Images of Tags,” Milunovich believes that Apple could be preparing to create many different types of multi-user hybrid games that combine the virtual and physical worlds
As described in the patent, this technology allows multiple users to “play a game together by sharing game information between the electronic devices.” The patent also describes a method for people to easily find each other in crowded venues by using the relative positioning capabilities of their devices.
Smart Watch or “iWatch”
Finally, Milunovich believes the long-rumored iWatch device may also soon be coming out. He notes the many rumors that have emerged about this product, including a report from February that Apple had assigned a team of 100 employees to work exclusively on the device. Apple’s “Bi-Stable Spring with Flexible Display” patent describes a smart watch device that incorporates a flexible screen.