My father has about 20 boxes in his basement of old Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazine and as a kid I would see him sit for hours reading about all the cool stuff science would do for mankind.
Remember the laser? If I’m not mistaken the biggest use for a laser has been the CD and DVD player. My father talked about flying cars but I don’t see that happening any time soon. From what I can remember, most of the future promises made in both magazines still aren’t here yet. What about drones? Even the local Apple store sells drones these days.
My favorite Mac maker should get in on the trend, buy GoPro, buy whoever makes the best drones, and stick droneOS into so app developers can create apps that will let us control drones. This weekend I read of a drones-as-service operation which could be used as a fleet of drones to deliver products to your door or to wherever you happen to be when you need something no.
Think of the cool factor when your mail gets delivered by a drone instead of a USPS postal worker. Drones won’t go postal (but they could be diverted by a hacker, so there’s that), but I’m guessing they only deliver whatever they would deliver in good weather.
Why wouldn’t Apple get in on the drone business with iDrone mini, iDrone Air, and iDrone Pro?
These drones-as-a-service operations appear to be booming and can deliver foot, coffee and other small products up to six miles for just a few dollars. Or, about what you’d tip a Dominos delivery person (notice how politically correct I am today?).
The company from the photo above is Uvionix which touts drones as a good way to deliver something from Starbucks when you are too lazy or busy to make the trek yourself. I’m rather certain that hot coffee won’t be so hot by the time it traverses a few miles of Chicago’s winter weather.
What I see with the NSky system above is a drone maker who wants to sell drones by the bucket to companies willing to blow some profits on a deliver mechanism that is fraught with serious problems. In a word, weather. Then, add to that the FAA regulations, neighbors who want to shoot down the nearest drone (suspecting it to be a government spy), and malfunctions which could land a drone on your face or in traffic where it quickly becomes drone-kill.
Where does Apple fit into this?
I see Apple as the vendor of choice for drone add-on devices like the iPhone. That’s it. Everyone needs a smartphone. Smart computer users know the value of a Mac. iPads will never go away. Watch is cool, useful, and fashionable. But who needs a drone?