It’s spring and the mind of the geek turns to new hardware releases.
The iWatch is still the hot rumor, but I wouldn’t expect that to even be announced until September. That is when Apple will, probably, announce the iPhone 6, and iOS 8.
I’ve seen rumors that Apple will include a range of fitness tracking options in the much debated iWatch. If they do, then they have a chance to pounce on the market hole created by FitBit recalling their Force device. This also puts a lot of pressure of FitBit to come up with a Force replacement (with a functional wrist band) PDQ. If they wait too long, and the iWatch rumors get stronger, they will loose market share to Apple’s vaporware.
On the Amazon front, they have discounted their Kindle devices. Given that they had razor thin margins at best at the retail price, I’m taking the discounting as a sign they want to dump inventory. Flushing the channels of the current inventory in preparation for new model Kindles in the pipeline. I expect them to announce these well in advance of Apple’s big announcement in September. Big retail sale days for consumer electronics include Graduation and Father’s Day (Dad loves his gadgets). If they can make those dates, that would make up for the loss from discounting the current Kindles. They count on the downstream sales on those devices anyway.
For the Android fans out there, take heart. The Google I/O show is slated for June. The rumor mill is expecting the next flavor of Android to come out as well as some new hardware. A new Nexus and some more wearables to go with Google Glass are expected.