September is coming: what devices have been around the longest?
Next month, September, is when Amazon has been doing a big hardware announcement.
There are often surprises, but I thought that taking a look at how long currently available new models have been available might give us a clue about what might be due for a refresh.
Entry level Kindle
This was actually just updated this June (the big addition was Bluetooth audio…which I think is great). That makes it seem unlikely that we’ll get a new entry level Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader) in September…but you never know. 😉
This came out in April of this year, and seems soon for a new model…unless they were to do a different size, which seems unlikely. I’m not linking to it because you still can’t buy it without an animal leather cover. Oh, and they could update it with Bluetooth audio.
It’s been over a year since this was announced in June of 2015…and a refresh with Bluetooth seems likely to me.
came out in 2014…but I feel like it’s been replaced as the top of the line by the Oasis. I have one and I like it, but it feels a bit like the fifth wheel. I think entry level, Paperwhite, and Oasis is a good lineup.
I’m addressing these a group…and there was an update in fall of 2015. I expect an update of the Fire line…the least expensive one has been a big hit
I think this is where we’ll see some real innovation. I think the iPad has lost some of its luster…there are a lot of tablets out there still, and the tablet isn’t an exploding market…but I think that benefits Amazon, which is sometimes seen as a utility player for hardware, when they enter existing markets.
were introduced in March of 2016…and I use both of mine every workday (and the Tap on weekends). Probably too soon to refresh those.
On the other hand, the original
has never been updated since it rolled out in 2014. It’s due.
Fire TV family
2nd generation was released at the end of last year, but I think we’ll see an update…this is a vibrant growing market, and Apple TV has challenged it with its most recent version.
Could we see something brand new? Sure!
My intuition is something new in home automation, connecting to the Alexa voice service. For example, I’d love it if Amazon introduced a widely compatible SmartHub. They could also do “AmazonBasics” for home automation lights, that kind of thing.
Could they do a watch? A Virtual Reality headset? A fitness tracker? Maybe…none of those feel really likely to me. I like the idea of a wearable audio player (for Prime Music, audiobooks, and text-to-speech) with no visual display, but that might just be me.
What do you think? Will we see new hardware announcements from Amazon in September 2016 ? If so, what do you think we’ll see? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
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