Fruity cargo cult Apple, which has not come up with a new product for nearly a year, might be about to release a 3D printer. While the tame Apple press is waiting for the much hyped iWatch, an Apple TV set, ear buds that can monitor a person's heart rate and blood pressure or any other of the daft things that have been rumoured lately, an interesting one has been suggested by Equity Research.
Trip Chowdhry, the Managing Director of Equity Research at Global Equities Research believes that Google working on an all-in-one 3D printer project which could be announced in June or October, followed by an actual release in 12 to 18 months. However he said that Google started work on the idea because it thought Apple was about to enter the space.
According to Benzinga developers feel that Apple is probably the focus for Google because Google considers Apple to be its prime competitor, not Microsoft. And Google really sees Apple to be a strong competitor, not Microsoft, because Microsoft has a lot of issues to worry about.
It seems an odd move but Apple did make traditional printers a while ago and it does have intellectual property in that space. They also have a better knowledge of hardware. Chowdhry also believes that Apple could use PrimeSense (which it acquired last year) to enhance its all-in-one 3D printer initiative. Apple has another trump card up its sleeve in the form of iTunes. It might try to leverage the huge iTunes user base to sell printer friendly 3D models online.