Thursday, January 08, 2009

Apple's product cycles - handy for purchase planning

Phil Schiller described Apple's product cycles for David Pogue ...
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.. the holiday season (Novemberish), the educational buying season (late summer), the iPod product cycle (October), the iLife development cycle (usually March), the iPhone cycle (June)..
So we have by month
  • March: iLife
  • June: iPhone (? and MobileMe?)
  • August: Educational (iWork? Hardware tweaks?)
  • October: iPod
  • November: holiday things - hard to know what this means
This doesn't include dates for the professional software (Aperture, etc) or for major OS releases. Since we know the iLife news (March) we have quite a period of predictability ahead.

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