Our favorite Mac maker has a product pipeline for sure. There’s Apple Watch waiting in the wings, news of an Apple Car in the future, and the ghost product, Apple Television on nobody’s mind anymore except analyst Gene Munster (and his annual prediction for an Apple television).
What else could Tim Cook be talking about?
Apple doesn’t seem to be the kind of company that would go all Bill Gates on humanity and declare a war on disease, or try to re-invent the medical industry, and it’s really difficult to make much money in the automobile industry, so what’s Apple’s next game?
A personal blimp. I call it Apple Air.
I mean, really, who hasn’t wanted their own hot air balloon? A personal blimp would solve many traffic problems, could easily transport a family of eight or more (try that in a Camry), double up as a long-bed pickup truck or delivery and transport vehicle, and with some self-driving, or, rather, self flying technology like that found in a drone, could easily out-Uber Uber and become the de facto standard for transporting humans from here to there across the city but through the air by dropping a cable or sling from the sky to pick up customers waiting for a taxi.
With Apple’s renowned design esthetic, Apple Air could transform travel. The blimp could be sold as a one-click installation in a box. Take Apple Air home or have it dropped off (ostensibly by another Apple Air blimp) wherever you want, press a single button on top of the box, and the package opens up automatically into a designer class dirigible. Add your iCloud account information to the dashboard and you’re good to go.
Apple could even do multiple versions of Apple Air in the product line, including the Basic Air for a family of six or eight, iAir for heavier lifting and transport during inclement weather, and Air Pro for industrial uses.
Apple Air. The hot air balloon for the rest of us. It’s an idea whose time has come.