If its one thing that is constant in the “cult of mac” its irrational speculation. I have been guilty of it myself a time or two, and its a phenomenon that I have yet to fully understand. The simplest things can lead to unbelievably wild speculation about what Apple is (or probably isn’t) doing next.
The latest example of this is the recent Apple trademark filing to protect there name in the realm of gaming. This simple action by the company has caused rampant speculation that Apple is getting into the gaming industry – even when it is perfectly clear that they already ARE in the gaming industry, with no less than 4 current portable devices capable of playing video games.
The fact that it is crystal clear that Apple is already in this market enough to justify a trademark means absolutely nothing to those that wish to believe Apple is going to release a console or some kind of DS-like handheld device. These individuals have decided Apple is going to make another ‘Pippin’ and we’ll be hearing unsubstantiated rumors about it for the next two years.
What motivates this kind of thinking? Its the same thing with the iTablet, or MacTablet, or whatever you’d like to call it. Logic suggests that if Apple was actively working on a tablet of their own, that they wouldn’t have authorized another company to create a third party tablet solution. Will we eventually see some kind of larger iPhone-like tablet device? Maybe in a few years, much like the widescreen video iPod that was speculated about for years before becoming reality.
Sometimes its the next logical step in the products life that is speculated about until it happens, other times its wild, illogical, even ridiculous product speculation. I can’t begin to pin down exactly why this happens. You don’t see this kind of speculation with any other company, and I find it completely fascinating that it consumes so much time in the online Apple community.
So I ask you, what motivates this kind of thinking? What sparks this need to speculate about products in the Apple community?
Because frankly, I don’t have a clue.